Facebook home video chat devices, portal and portal Plus are sold today, a month after they were originally announced.
Products are almost exclusively focused on video chats. While they also show photos, play music and support a small number of video networks, their feature set is very limited at the time they are launched – you can not even browse Facebook for them.
You are mainly thinking of using them to chat with people using Facebook Messenger, and Facebook has created some tricks for smart cameras to make it easier. Both devices have a single, fixed camera at the top, but the camera is approaching and follows you so you no longer need to hold the phone to your face while you chat. In this way, you can move around the room and continue the conversation.
But the story of this product is not only what it can and can not be done – that is, whether people will be ready to fully connect to a friend's microphone and camera. Facebook has highlighted the built-in confidentiality features here (the button that completely deactivates the camera is turned off), but it may not be enough to relieve companies that are already skeptical of recent privacy scandals.
Both Portal and Portal Plus are delivered today. They will be available from the Facebook site, as well as Best Buy and Amazon, which will also have device stores. A smaller site sells for $ 199, and the larger portal Plus costs $ 349. After the start, you'll be able to get a $ 100 rebate if you buy two at a time – meaning it makes sense because you may want to chat with another portal user.