Facebook, Portal and Portal Plus home video chat devices are offered for sale one month after their original announcement.
The products focus almost entirely on video chat. While they also display photos, play music and support a small number of video networks, their startup features are very limited – they can not even search Facebook.
They are primarily intended for chatting with people via Facebook Messenger, and Facebook has incorporated some intelligent camera feeds to facilitate this. Both devices have a single, fixed camera on the top, but the camera zooms in and follows you around, so you do not have to hold a phone in front of your face while you're on the phone. That way, you can move around a room and stay busy with a call.
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Both Portal and Portal Plus are shipped today. They are available on the Facebook website as well as on Best Buy and Amazon, where the devices are also commercially available. The smaller portal costs $ 199, the larger portal plus $ 349. At startup, you can get a $ 100 discount if you buy two at the same time – which makes sense, as you're likely to chat with another portal user.