Grab the Portal from Facebook for $99 and never miss a video call
If you haven't seen your family in a while, why not give them a call? And make it a video call so you can show off all the stuff you've been working on or your new haircut! Grab the latest Portal from Facebook to make those calls and get it for just $99, which is $80 off its regular price. This is one of the first real discounts we've seen on the newest version of Facebook's smart display. Amazon has also price matched this deal. You can get it in white or black from either retailer.
It's not the only device on sale right now, either. You can also get Facebook's Portal TV for the same low price of $99 both through Facebook and on Amazon. The Portal TV normally sells for $150, but today's price drop is a match for its lowest ever.
The Portal is a smart display that can help you control your smart home. It's also built for video calling, promising clear audio and a camera that's smart enough to track you as you shuffle around. And this is one of the best prices we've seen on the newest generation.
Ever since the first Portal from Facebook was introduced two years ago we have wondered about its place in the world of smart displays. As Facebook has continued to update it, it's become clear that compared to most the Portal does video calling very well. That stems from the Portal's use of A.I. in its camera to help track your movements, keep everyone on the screen, and provide crystal clear audio from both sides of the screen.
The device also seamlessly works with other Facebook properties like Messenger and WhatsApp. You can even have group calls with up to 50 people in Messenger Rooms. Work with third parties like Zoom, too, and join large calls even with people that don't have Portal.
With Amazon Alexa built-in, the Portal works as a smart device, too. Control your living room, turn off the lights, play music from your favorite apps, and more all with just a simple voice command or two. You can even use Portal's immersive AR effects to become storybook characters and things like that. There are a lot of possibilities for the curious.
The Portal TV does a lot of this, too, it's just designed to do it with your TV screen instead of its own display. The Portal is limited to a 10 inch world, but presumably your living room TV set is much bigger. While it lacks the portability of a smaller screen, it definitely has its own advantages.
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J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.