Facebook’s Portal Video Chat Devices Are Now Available

Just about a month ago Facebook announced the Portal and Portal Plus video chat devices, and now they’re officially on sale for $199 and $349 respectively. The devices are available directly from Facebook, Best Buy, and Amazon.

What Is the Facebook Portal?

The main purpose of the Facebook Portal and Portal Plus is video chatting with friends and loved ones using Facebook Messenger. The single camera on each device is able to zoom and track the user’s movements, so he or she can comfortably walk around their room without breaking the conversation.

Like Amazon’s Echo and the Google Home, Portal also lets users play music, videos, and look at photos on the device.

The Portal vs. Portal Plus

There’s a $150 difference between the Portal and Portal Plus, so let’s take a quick look at the specs of the two devices to see the difference.

Portal

  • 10.1-inch display
  • 720p resolution
  • Fixed display
  • Amazon Alexa support
  • 12MP camera
  • 140° FOV
  • 10w speakers (2 full-range drivers)
  • 4-mic array (2 front,

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