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Definition: Facebook Portal


A videophone from Facebook that was introduced in 2018. Communicating with other Portal or Facebook Messenger members, the camera follows the callers within a 140 degree periphery. The unit's two microphones in front and two in back filter out unwanted noise and help triangulate the caller's location. Portal also automatically zooms in and out (see Ken Burns effect). Amazon's Alexa is also built in. See smart display and Facebook.




Portal Models
The Portal (left) has a 10.1" landscape screen, while the Portal+ has a rotatable 15.6" screen. (Image courtesy of Facebook, Inc., www.facebook.com)