DURBAN – Facebook has launched new video calling devices called Portal and Portal+ that will be available in the United States from today according to a Facebook media statement.
The devices have been created to make video chats feel less than an actual call and more like you and the person that you are calling are in the same room.
The new Facebook devices come in two different sizes. Portal has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display while the Portal+ has a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 pivoting display.
Some of the features of the Portal and the Portal+ include the smart camera that is powered by AI that stays with the action and automatically pans and zooms so that everyone is in view.
Portal also has built-in Amazon Alexa and it can be used to make calls to and from using Messenger. The device can support group calls of up to seven people.
In terms of safety and security, according to the media statement, Facebook will not listen to, view or hold onto the contents of a users video. The calls are secure because they are encrypted. There is also the option to delete the voice history on the Portal device too.
The Portal costs $199 (R2791.97) and the Portal+ costs $349 (R4896.47).
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