Portal, the first “hardware” of Facebook

The chief of hardware of the social network, Andrew Bosworth, invites to trust in its new screen for Videocalls.

The devices are designed to make video calls at a greater distance than with tablets or cell phones.

One of the most loyal and trusted “lieutenants” of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, wants the social network to have a microphone and a camera in the homes of its users.

And wants to achieve it with its Portal, some special devices for video calls that arrive at a delicate moment for the company: After two scandals of data leakage, the most recent still with many questions unanswered.

Currently there are two device models: the portal, valued at US $349, and the simply called Portal, smaller, and valued at US $199.

Both rely on Facebook Messenger to make and receive calls and can also rely on the collaboration of Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa.

And the two models are designed to be used at a distance of between 1.5 and 3 meters, much larger than that of video calls made with tablets and smartphones.