Facebook launches three new Portal smart home devices; Supports WhatsApp calling

Californian social media giant Facebook has launched the successors to its smart cameras which were launched in October last year. The Facebook Portal and the Facebook Portal Mini will replace Portal and Portal+ smart cameras-cum-displays and the Facebook Portal TV is a brand new device that uses your TV screen for streaming audio and video using your smart TV. It can also be used for video calling.

Facebook launches three new Portal smart home devices; Supports WhatsApp calling

The Portal, a 10-inch HD screen, and Portal Mini, an 8-inch HD screen, are equipped with an adaptive display that adjusts the brightness and color of the device to your surroundings, like Apple’s True Tone feature. An AI-powered Smart Camera is also included that automatically pans and zooms to stay with you as you move. Both the Portals come with a built-in speaker along with a Smart Sound feature that magnifies the sound of the speaker while reducing the background noise automatically.

All three Portal devices support video calling via Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. According to Facebook, WhatsApp calls on Portal will be end-to-end encrypted. Users can also stream content from Amazon Prime Video application. Content can also be streamed from SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Starz, Pluto TV, Red Bull TV, and Never think by downloading their proprietary applications. More apps will get support in the future.

The Facebook Portal is priced at $179 (approximately ₹12,750 approx), the Facebook Portal Mini is priced at $129 (approximately ₹9,200). The Facebook Portal TV will be available for $149 (approximately ₹10,600).


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