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FACE­BOOK’S NEW PORTALS

DE­SPITE the skep­ti­cism that greeted Face­book’s launch of Por­tal – its home com­mu­ni­ca­tions hub that brings video call­ing to your home – it is back for more this year with new mod­els. And this time they’re aim­ing for your TV.

The Por­tal line-up now fea­tures four mod­els, three with screens that vary in size from 15.6in, to 10in, down to 8in.

A fourth, cam­era-only model sits by your TV and shows you the ac­tion on your big screen.

Por­tal brings video call­ing via your Face­book Mes­sen­ger or What­sapp ac­count and every­body seems to have at least one of those.

You can also use the kind of AR face fil­ters you find on al­most all video call­ing apps now.

Alexa is built in for smart home con­trol and you can also link up your Spo­tify ac­count.

Price-wise you are look­ing at shelling out around £269 for the big Por­tal, £169 for the 10in, £129 for the Mini 8in, and £149 for the TV ver­sion.

I don’t know why any­one would want a cam­era con­nected to Face­book in their home, but there must be some­one out there will­ing to take the risk…

To find out more visit por­tal. face­book. com

Face­book’s Por­tal TV

Face­book’s Portals

Por­tal Mini

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