It is by a simple magazine on his social network that Mark Zuckerberg announced this morning new Facebook products. While many waited for new Oculus VR headsets or out of the ordinary products, it is finally the range of connected screens Portal from Facebook which sees itself enriched with two new rather attractive models.
Portal Go: the connected screen becomes mobile
It is a format that is loudly claimed by users ofAlexa : L 'nomad connected speaker. The Menlo Park firm obviously understood this before Amazon or Google and goes even further by offering a Smart Nomadic display!
A portable connected screen, named Portal Go, whose somewhat clumsy design is reminiscent of the first of the name or the Lenovo Smart Display 7 ...
With a comfortable size of 17,37cm x 25,65cm x 7,87cm, Portal Go sports a 10.1 inch HD display a resolution 800 x 1280 px and therefore presents the originality of embarking a battery allowing you to walk it all over your house or garden. Better yet, it comes with a clever dock allowing to put it in charge with a simple gesture.
With a 12 Mpx Hi-Res camera the quality of which is assumed to be as excellent as on the previous models, this new connected screen "from Facebook" is once again clearly intended for videoconferencing with Messenger, WhatsApp, Zoom, or Amazon Alexa since it benefits from the mention " Alexa built-in". Mark Zuckerberg's company has not omitted to add a lens cover and a microphone mute button for confidentiality purposes ...
On the audio side, the Portal Go apparently offers powerful sound with two 5W full range speakers and 20W subwoofer allowing you to enjoy many music or radio streaming services. Four microphones are obviously in the game, with a No worry Smart Sound which allows the device to attenuate the background sound on its own using an AI in order to better highlight your voice during your calls. Smart!
Portal+: for family and work
The second model is " ideal for family or videoconferencing "According to the presentation of Facebook who simply named him Portal+ due to its particularly large size of 25,07 cm x 31,28 cm x 9,80 cm.
It must be said that with a large 14-inch adjustable and adaptive screen, this connected screen with the look of a giant Nest Hub turns out to be particularly to its advantage! Its slab of a HD resolution of 2160 x 1440 px imposes because of its extreme thinness as its particularly reduced borders. A feature that he is indeed the first to offer in the still very restricted universe of smart display… Bravo Facebook!
With a Smart 12MP room with 131-degree ultra-wide field of view, theconnected screen Portal+ uses artificial intelligence to keep everyone in the frame: it automatically pans and zooms in so everyone can see it, all the time.
Sound side, he embeds the same hardware as his younger brother with two 5W full-range speakers and 20W subwoofer. Likewise, a set of four microphones take place on the device with the technology Smart Sound mentioned above. Finally, for privacy and home security, Facebook offers both a microphone and camera deactivation button which also incorporates a lens cover. You can never be too sure.
In terms of functionality, Facebook obviously offers videoconferencing services Messenger, WhatsApp, Zoom, but also Microsoft Teams via a program for SMEs called Portal from Business. For the moment reserved for American companies, it aims to provide professionals with a wide range of services with the possibility of managing contacts, employees and equipment ... Obviously, Amazon Alexa is also part of this connected screen stamped " Alexa built-in" page (in French).