Facebook releasing Portal and Portal+ for pre-order in the US and will begin shipping in November. 

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Portal and Portal+ are AI smart, hands-free video calling devices with Alexa built-in that retail from US $199 to $349.

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  • You can call Facebook friends and connections on Messenger
  • Portal supports group calls of up to seven people at the same time.
  • Enables shared activities e.g. listening to music  or watching shows together
  • Smart Camera stays with the action and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view.
  • Smart Sound minimizes background noise and enhances the voice of whoever is talking, no matter where they move.

Thanks to Amazon Alexa built in, you can start a video call simply by saying “Hey Portal”, ask for sports scores, check the weather, control smart home devices, order groceries, and more.

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