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Facebook unveils new video calling devices

Facebook Inc. unveiled new video calling devices, called Portal and Portal+.

Portal from Facebook features a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, while Portal+ supports a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 pivoting display, according to an Oct. 8 post on the company's newsroom page. Portal costs $199, while Portal+ costs $349. The company is bundling the two devices for $298.

The devices also feature Smart Camera and Smart Sound technology powered by artificial intelligence and with built-in Inc.'s Alexa service and security features. Users will also be able to connect with Facebook friends and connections via Messenger.

Regarding user privacy, Facebook said the devices do not listen to, view or record contents of video calls. Users will also be able to delete their Portal's voice history in Facebook Activity Log at any time.

The social networking giant has also entered into partnerships to offer access to Spotify Technology SA's Spotify Premium, Pandora Media Inc. and iHeartMedia Inc.'s iHeartRadio, as well as Facebook Watch, Food Network (US) and Newsy (US) on the devices. Powered by the Spark AR platform, the devices will also offer augmented reality effects to make calls more interactive.

Users can preorder Portal and Portal+ in the U.S. at and at and Best Buy Co. Inc. The devices will begin shipping in November.