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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Facebook has unveiled the Portal Go and Portal+.
  • The Portal devices have been launched in 10-inch and 14-inch display sizes.
  • Interestingly, Facebook has launched its video calling days ahead of Amazon’s hardware event

Facebook has launched two new video-calling devices. Expanding its portfolio of video calling devices, Facebook has unveiled the Portal Go and Portal+.The Portal devices have been launched in 10-inch and 14-inch display sizes. Interestingly, Facebook has launched its video calling days ahead of Amazon’s hardware event which is scheduled to take place on September 28. Amazon is expected to unveil a new lineup of Echo smart devices at its hardware event.

Announcing its Portal devices, Facebook said in its blog, “Today, we’re welcoming two new additions to the Portal family of video calling devices: the 10-inch portable Portal Go, our next-gen Portal+ with a 14-inch HD tilting display. Portal Go and Portal+ will begin shipping on October 19; pre-orders are open now at portal.facebook.com. We’re also introducing new features for small businesses with Portal for Business.

Portal Go, Portal+: Price and availability

Portal Go has been launched in the US for $199 (Rs 14,737 approximately) and the Portal+ has been launched at $349( Rs 25,000 approximately). Portal Go and Portal+ will begin shipping on October 19; pre-orders are open now at portal.facebook.com. Facebook has not revealed whether it plans to launch the devices in other markets including India.

Portal Go, Portal+: Specifications

Portal Go+ features a 14-inch display whereas Portal Go features a 10-inch display. Facebook has said that the Portal Go brings smart camera video calling to a new, portable version. The Portal devices come with long-lasting batteries to make portability easier. Portal Go features a 12MP camera with an ultra-wide field of view for immersive video calls. The device can also be used as a portable speaker with room-filling sound

The Portal Go+ also features a 14-inch display and a 12-megapixel camera with an ultra-wide field of view. Talking about its features, Facebook said, “Its stereo speakers deliver high-fidelity sound for crystal-clear audio. With the rise of remote and hybrid work models, Portal makes a perfect dedicated screen for work calls, freeing up your computer to take notes, view a presentation or multitask. And it’s also great for connecting with family and friends when the work day is over.”

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