A month ago, Facebook decided to enter the smart display scene announcing portal and portal + devices. The websites are designed to provide free video conversations with some additional features coming from the companies that have partnered with Facebook. Pre-orders started with a notification and now Facebook informs us that devices are starting to fly.
If you do not know these products, let us quickly read. The smallest site has a 10-inch 1280×800 display in landscape mode, while Portal + has a 15.6-inch laptop display with 1920×1080 resolution. In addition to the largest size, the portal + display can be rotated and used in both landscape and portrait mode. That way, no matter what device you use your conversation partner, you can see your image in full screen.
Of course, since they are Facebook products, they support Facebook Messenger, so you can use them for video calls with anyone who has an app on their phone, tablet, or laptop. If you do not have video conversations, Portals may still be useful. Both devices support Amazon's voice assistant Alexa, as well as Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and other audio and video streaming services.
Nowadays, when you mention Facebook, cameras and microphones, people can not help but have some reservations when it comes to their privacy. Knowing that Facebook is giving us that everything is very private, encrypted and conversations are not fully recorded or used to target ads, pinky swear! Of course, some information will also be used, but it is nothing different from what they are tracking while you regularly use Facebook, if it can be with any comfort.
The price of the portal and portal + is $ 199 and $ 349 respectively, but if you want to equip both your parents and your grandparents with one, Facebook will force $ 100 from the total price of two.