Facebook has joined in the smart video speaker race with two of their own devices, the Portal and Portal+. The pair of smart assistants are specifically designed for connectivity via the social network.
The 10-inch Portal retails for $199, and features a 10-inch 1280×800 screen. The $349 Portal+ boasts a 15-inch 1920×1080 pivoting screen.
The social network claims their new devices are “powered by AI” designed to “take all of the guesswork out of video calling.” A “Smart Camera” feature pans and zooms to keep callers in the view of the screen, while “Smart Sound” Algorithms filter out background noise.
The devices’ cameras and microphones can be disabled with a tap, or the camera can also be disabled with a physical slider.
Video calls are handled through Facebook’s own Messenger service, allowing users to make calls to any users with the Messenger app installed. Video calls on the Portal are encrypted.
The Portal has Alexa built-in and allows access to Amazon’s Prime services, including Prime Music streaming. Additional content is provided by Facebook Watch, Food Network, Newsy, Spotify Premium, Pandora, and iHeartRadio.
Both Portal models are now available for pre-order, for November delivery. The 10-inch Portal sells for $199, while the 15-inch Portal+ goes for $349. Buyers can get a $100 discount for buying both devices in a bundle deal.