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Facebook 'Portal' to compete with Echo Show, report says

12 January 2018

Reports about the video chat device, but more details - like the name "Portal" - have now been revealed.

Facebook is rumoured to be launching an augmented reality video device this year, according to reports.

According to a report from streaming news service Cheddar, the new voice-controlled device, dubbed Portal, may be priced at $499. Facebook will use its partnerships with app makers like Spotify and Netflix, versus Amazon using their in-house ecosystem that includes Prime Video and Music.

"Portal" is seen as a competition to Amazon Echo Show and four Google Assistant-powered smart speakers that were launched at CES 2018 this week.

Sources say Portal will be announced at Facebook's F8 conference in May.

Facebook did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment by time of publication.

Meanwhile, Cheddar reported that Portal will be part of a "suite of consumer products" Facebook is cooking up in a hardware lab called Building 8 to compete with devices from Amazon, Google, and Apple.

The company will release Portal later this year, .

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges a cheer from the crowd before receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, as fellow honorary degree recipient actor James Earl Jones (L) looks on, during the 366th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 25, 2017.

Facebook 'Portal' to compete with Echo Show, report says