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Facebook slashes price, size of Portal video call gadget

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, new Facebook Portal products are displayed during an event in San Francisco. Facebook is slashing the price and the size of the Portal, its screen and camera-equipped gadget for making video calls with friends and family as it attempts to get the device into more homes. A smaller version will now cost $129 and have an 8 inch display. A larger version will cost $179 and have a 10 inch display. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is slashing the price and the size of the Portal, its screen and camera-equipped gadget for making video calls with friends and family.

A smaller version will now cost $129 and will come with an 8 inch display. A larger version with a 10 inch display will cost $179.

Last year’s models were bigger and cost more — $199 for a 10.1 inch display and $349 for at 15.6 inch screen.

A new screenless Portal device that attaches to a television set will be $149. All three go on sale in October.

Facebook is not saying how many Portals it’s sold. But it’s not clear how many people want a Facebook-branded smart camera in their homes, given the company’s history of privacy problems.

Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press






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