Facebook To Roll Out New Portal Devices This Fall

Posted: Jun 11 2019, 4:18am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Facebook to roll out new Portal devices this fall
Facebook Portal / Photo by Facebook

Facebook Inc. is set to roll out new variants of its Portal video chatting devices this fall, CNBC reported, citing a statement made by the company’s Vice President of AR/VR Andrew “Boz” Bosworth at the Code Conference in Phoenix.

“We have a lot more that we’re going to unveil later in this fall, new form factors that we’re going to be shipping,” Boz told the conference.

The social media giant unveiled Portal, which resembles iPads and tablets, in October 2018. The Portal and Portal + became available on Amazon and Best Buy the following month.

Facebook’s Portal has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display and has its own stand so users can still use the device even when cooking since the device is designed for video calling family and friends at home.

It uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology, allowing for added security, smart camera and smart sound, the company said at the time of its launch. The smart camera automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view, while the smart sound feature minimizes background noise and enhances the voice of whoever is talking, even when they move.

The AI technology runs on the device itself, meaning it does not rely on Facebook servers to work.

Meanwhile, Boz reportedly said at the Code Conference that the company decided to launch new versions of the Portal “because we think there’s a whole new generation of hardware coming out.”

“Hardware is coming to the home, and we want to make sure that human connection, connection between two people, is a first-party experience on that hardware,” Boz added.

However, Boz declined to comment on how many Portal devices Facebook has sold.

The entry-level Portal currently retails at $129 for both the black and white variants, while the higher-end Portal + is currently worth $279 for both black and white options on Amazon.

The regular Portal costs $129.99 on Best Buy, while the Portal + is worth $279.99.

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