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Portal video chat device from Facebook begins selling in the US

The Portal sports a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display and is priced at $199, while the Portal+ comes with a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 pivoting display, priced at $349.

India TV Tech Desk India TV Tech Desk
New Delhi Published on: November 08, 2018 13:45 IST
Portal video chat device from Facebook begins selling in the US
Image Source : PORTAL.FACEBOOK

Portal video chat device from Facebook begins selling in the US

Facebook has started selling its new video chat devices called the Portal and Portal+ in the US.

Facebook said that the users will be able to buy the Portal for $199 and Portal+ for $349 from portal.facebook.com, BestBuy.com, Amazon.com along with Amazon Books and Best Buy stores.

The Portal sports a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, while the Portal+ comes with a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 pivoting display.

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Portal video chat device

Portal devices allow users to do group calls of up to seven people at the same time.

Powered by Artificial Intelligence, Portal's "Smart Camera" automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view, and its "Smart Sound" enhances the voice of whoever is talking.

The devices allow users to make hands-free voice calls by saying "Hey Portal" and stating who they would like to call. 

Portal also has Amazon Alexa built-in, so users can ask a question, set a timer, add items to your shopping list, control your smart home, and more.

ReCode last month reported that the "Portal" devices would share data about your calls and apps you use to advertisers on other platforms owned by the social media giant.

In its statement on Wednesday, Facebook stressed that Portal video calls are encrypted.

"Facebook does not listen to, view or keep the contents of your Portal video calls, so this information cannot be used for advertising. In addition, Portal video calls are encrypted, so your calls are secure," the social media giant said.

"You can delete your Portal's voice history in your Facebook Activity Log. We don't use Portal voice commands to target ads," Facebook said.

(With IANS inputs)

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