In a reported bid to enter the hardware product market, Facebook is planning to launch a home video chat product titled Portal in May that will compete with Amazon‘s Echo Show and Google Assistant-enabled touchscreens.
According to a report by online news network Cheddar on Wednesday, Portal will be the first finished hardware product from Facebook’s secretive Building 8 lab and may see the light of the day in May – the time when Facebook organises its annual F8 developer conference.
The report claimed that Facebook plans to sell the device for $499 (roughly Rs. 31,800) through pop-up stores as well as online.
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.
These devices feature a touchscreen that can be used to display visual information to accompany its responses, as well as play video and conduct video calls.
Portal will be equipped with a wide-angle lens that is capable of recognising individual faces and associating them with their Facebook accounts.