Facebook is expanding its Portal family of home video-calling devices with three new models: Portal, Portal Mini and Portal TV. The products will feature a new way to make calls using WhatsApp and will be available to more countries.
In addition to the US and Canada, the Portal lineup is coming to the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Portal is now available to pre-order in the US, Canada and Europe from portal.facebook.com and select retail locations. Portal and Portal Mini begin shipping October 15 and Portal TV begins shipping November 5. Portal Mini is priced at $129 in the U.S., Portal is $179 and Portal TV will cost $149. If you purchase any two Portal devices, Facebook will give you $50 off.
Portal Mini, Portal and Portal TV
The new, redesigned Portal and all-new Portal Mini feature a sleek picture frame design to fit seamlessly into any home. Portal Mini has an 8-inch HD display and Portal has larger 10-inch HD display for video calls, displaying photos and watching videos in either portrait or landscape orientations. An adaptive display adjusts brightness and color to your surroundings so that video calls as well as photos and videos on Superframe look natural. Both Portal and Portal Mini also have a powerful built-in speaker that is great for listening to music when you are not on a call.
Portal TV brings smart video-calling to the largest screen in your home. It sits discreetly on top of or below your television for immersive video calling, giving you the freedom to move around during calls and still be seen and heard.
WhatsApp calling will be available with the devices along with Messenger calls. All calls will be end-to-end encrypted says Facebook.
With the Amazon Prime Video app on Portal TV, you can stream your favorite shows and movies, including Amazon Originals. You can also download other apps like SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Starz, Pluto TV, Red Bull TV and Neverthink with more apps coming soon. Portal also has a speaker so you can listen to your favorite music from Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio and iHeartRadio Family.