Facebook introduced its new range of Portal devices yesterday including a direct upgrade to last year’s model, a mini version, and an intriguing webcam-like variant, the Portal TV.
Facebook released the original Portal smart displays in November 2018, featuring 10.1-inch (Portal) and 15.6-inch (Portal Plus) models. The Portal included clever motion tracking algorithms, allowing its camera to pan and zoom to follow a person as they moved, but it was met with hefty criticism.
While it was a nice prospect from a technical standpoint, reviewers voiced significant concerns over privacy. Almost one year later, has Facebook managed to quash the complaints? Let’s have a look at what the new Portals offer.
Portal and Portal Mini
What’s this about Portal TV?
Time to welcome Facebook into the home?
For more on the Facebook Portal, including now live U.S. pre-orders, visit the official website.
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