New Facebook Smart Displays with Amazon Alexa


If you’re looking to take your video calls to new heights, then look no further than the new Facebook Portal and Portal Mini. The 10" Portal and 8" Portal Mini are available in black or white and sport a high-definition touchscreen that can flip between portrait and landscape mode and a 13MP camera with a 114-degree field of view. Thanks to onboard AI software, the camera can pan and zoom to ensure that it captures everyone in the room, including those entering or exiting the room.

Facebook Portal

Integrated AR software lets you play games and wear masks with friends and family, and Story Time seemingly transforms you into your children’s favorite story characters as you read them their stories. The four-microphone array uses Smart Sound technology to enhance the voice of whomever is speaking and minimize background noise. Video calls are made via your Messenger or WhatsApp account.

With Amazon Alexa built in, you can control your compatible smart home devices, check weather, listen to music, watch the news, and much more by simply asking. You can engage pre-set routines by saying something like, “Hey Portal, good morning,” or “Alexa, good night.” And with the Portal mobile app and Photobooth, you can send photos from your phone’s gallery directly to the Portal’s Superfame, or to your Facebook or Instagram account, or to a loved one via Messenger.

When you’re not otherwise using the Portal or Portal Mini, it can show Facebook and Instagram photos, offer birthday reminders, and let you know when friends and family are available to connect. You can also use the onboard browser to navigate the Web.

To help alleviate any privacy concerns, the Portal and Portal Mini feature a sliding button that disables the camera, mutes the microphone, and physically covers the lens.

Come into the B&H SuperStore to see the new line of Facebook Portals and the rest of our virtual assistant lineup. If you can’t make it in, our friendly, knowledgeable sales staff can help you choose the right virtual assistant display over the phone at 800-606-6969, or via chat or email.

Do you like to make video calls? Do you have a preference between Messenger and WhatsApp? Let us know in the Comments section, below, to join in the conversation.

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