Facebook on Monday unveiled a pair of smart speakers, complete with cameras and microphones, for your home.
The devices, Portal and Portal+, directly challenge Amazon, Google and Apple in the fast-growing smart-speaker market with a unique approach that will emphasize video calling. It’s Facebook’s first hardware product outside the Oculus line of virtual-reality devices.
Besides video calls, the Portal devices can stream music from Spotify, Pandora and Amazon Music and video from Facebook Watch. Not included at launch are services like Apple Music, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu or HBO Now.
The devices come equipped with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and the many skills available on that service, allowing them to ask questions like “What’s the weather?” or “How are my teams doing?”
The company is taking preorders for the devices now and will begin shipping them early next month. The Portal, which features a 10-inch screen, is available for $199 while the Portal+, which has a long, 15.6-inch screen, is priced at $349.
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