Facebook Announces New Portal Devices

The company's first new hardware product since 2019

Facebook has announced two new devices in its videophone lineup: the Portal Go and Portal Plus.

The 10-inch Portal Go is the new portable option with a standalone battery and wrapped in fabric, while the 14-inch Portal Plus keeps many of the same capabilities, but has a focus on business.

Portal Go

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The Portal Go is the first of the lineup to come with a portable battery. It has two 5W full-range speakers with one 20W woofer, and can connect to plethora of entertainment apps including Spotify, Pandora, and Red Bull TV. And thanks to its Bluetooth capability, this makes the Portal Go a handy speaker on top of being a videophone.

As a videophone, the Portal Go has a 12-megapixel Smart Camera with a 125-degree field-of-view that uses AI to automatically focus on what its viewing. It also follows the user by zooming and panning in and out as they move around.

The Portal Plus sports many of the same features as the Portal Go, but brings a 2K resolution display with tilt to the table. The display is an adaptive screen that matches the color and lighting of the room it's placed in.

Facebook is marketing this higher-end device as a video conferencing unit meant to be used in a remote work setting.

Portal Plus

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Facebook recently announced its new Portal for Business service, which allows smaller businesses to buy, distribute, and manage Portal devices for its workers as remote work becomes more popular. The service is currently in beta.

The Portal Go and Portal Plus retail for $199 and $349, respectively. They’re available for pre-order now and start shipping October 19.

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