Facebook introduces ‘smart screen’ Facebook Portal

Oct

8

2018

Facebook is going to release a smart speaker with screen called ‘Facebook Portal’. The device is primarily intended for video calls. The company produces a 10 “and a 15” variant.

According to Facebook , there are two versions. The regular Portal gets a 10 “screen with 1280×800 pixels and the Portal + a 1080p screen of 15”. The camera follows motion and automatically zooms in and out. The Smart Sound program focuses on voices, while at the same time filtering background noise as much as possible. Portal has its own voice assistant, but Amazon’s Alexa is also standard.

Portal supports music apps such as Spotify and Pandora. There is also an app for augmented reality present, Story Time. With this application the user can use sound effects and visuals in conversations. To show pictures on the device there is Superframe, which can serve as a birthday calendar. For the rest, Portal can connect to Facebook and Messenger.

Facebook provides a camera cover so that users can guarantee their privacy, at this point. The camera and microphone can be switched off with a touch. In addition, the device applies encryption to all recordings. The history of the voice control can be deleted and Portal activates itself according to Facebook only if the user says ‘Hey Portal’.

Last month there were already rumors about the announcement of the Portal. It is not yet known what the euro price of the Portal is and when the smart speaker comes out. In the US, the Portal will be sold for $ 199 and the Portal + for $ 394. There will also be a bundle with two Facebook Portals for $ 298.

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