Because of the epidemic, Facebook’s Portal hardware sold quite well in the United States last year. Today, in order to meet people’s still-existing video needs, the Internet giant has now launched a new product-the main portability, the $ 199 Portal Go, has asked for a new generation of Portal + priced at $ 349. Among them, Portal Go is Facebook’s first portable smart screen, you can take it off the charging stand, and there is even a special handle on the back. The 10-inch 1,280 x 800 screen is relatively small, and the soft fiber-wrapped body is also more suitable for holding.
Facebook’s original intention of launching this product is to reduce the constraints on users, so that they can use Portal anywhere in the home (as long as the Wi-Fi is strong enough, you can even take it to the yard to use). In terms of battery life, the official said that the duration of a one-to-one Messgneer call can reach up to 5 hours. If you turn off the screen to play music, you can last up to 14 hours on a single charge.
In addition to Portal Go, Facebook also updated its Portal+ product line this time. The new product has the largest 14-inch screen (resolution of 2,140 x 1,440) among all Portal devices today. However, the size of the new Portal+ has been reduced, and its screen can be tilted to different angles to meet different needs. Like Portal Go, this device also has a built-in 12MP camera with an ultra-wide field of view. It can use AI to follow the subject and automatically zoom when needed. In addition, the official also introduced a new intelligent voice technology, which allows the other party to more clearly hear what you say at different distances at normal volume.
While announcing the hardware, Facebook also brought some software improvements. For example, the family mode, which allows users to share Portal with family members, but can also impose some restrictions on the use. For example, you can set your child to use Messenger or WhatsApp, but the contacts that can be found can be set to include only relatives. In addition, Facebook is further aware of the potential of Portal products in the enterprise market, so they will also add support for Microsoft Teams to their devices from December (originally they have supported Zoom, WebEx, GotoMeeting and other services). In addition, in the future, Facebook will also push the Portal for Business plan.
Finally, since it is something from Facebook, how privacy protection is done may be the most concerned thing for many people. Both new products are equipped with a webcam physical barrier this time, and there are also dedicated buttons on the top of the machine to cut off the camera and microphone. The AI functions mentioned in the article do not use the Facebook server, and they are all implemented inside the device. Portal Go and the new Portal+ will be pre-sold in the United States starting today, and the shipping time is tentatively scheduled for October 19th.