Facebook’s Portal Mini smart video calling slab with an integrated 8-inch display and built-in Alexa functionality is currently on offer via Amazon with a $30 discount applied. If you have fallen in love with those emotional family-oriented Portal adverts and want to bring the hardware into your home, then this is the perfect opportunity to do it for less.

With the 8-inch Facebook Portal, you are going to get hardware that lets you easily and seamlessly make video calls with friends and family using WhatsApp and Messenger, even if those people you are calling don’t have the Portal hardware. The integrated smart camera also makes the experience a lot more interactive and appealing by automatically panning and zooming to best keep up with the action that’s happening. All you need to worry about is talking freely and being animated; the camera will do the rest and keep you in the frame.

It offers an HD touchscreen built inside of a sleek new frame. It offers a great Story Time experience designed to bring reading to life thanks to AR effects and other funky animations. It can also be used to display photographs from Facebook and Instagram when it isn’t in use as a video-calling device. Think what you like about Facebook but this Portal hardware is a video-calling powerhouse, a digital photo frame, a voice assistant capable of controlling other hardware, and a news-reading expert all rolled into one small and highly appealing frame.

Things are moving fast in the world of consumer technology with built-in digital assistants. It doesn’t seem that long ago that homeowners were starting to adopt smart speakers that offered voice input and audio output. Now, thanks to things like the Echo Show, Portal, and a slew of other popular products, those same homeowners are starting to agument their systems by bringing smart control with added displays.

Facebook clearly wants to be a part of that experience and wants to ingrain the Facebook experience into our lives even more than it already is. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing and you can find the deal below.

Buy: Facebook Portal Mini Smart Video Calling 8” Touch Screen Display with Alexa from Amazon: $99 | Original price: $129

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