Facebooks Portal will now surveil your living room for half the price

No, youre not misremembering the details from that young adult dystopian fiction youre reading Facebook really does sell a video chat camera adept at tracking the faces of you and your loved ones. Now, you too can own Facebooks poorly timed foray into social hardware for the low, low price of $99. Thats a pretty big price drop considering that the Portal, introduced less than six months ago, debuted at $199.
Unfortunately for whoever toiled away on Facebooks hardware experiment, the device launched into an extremely Facebook-averse, notably privacy-conscious market. Those are pretty serious headwinds. Of course, plenty of regular users arent concerned about privacy but they certainly should be.
As we found in our review, Facebooks Portal is actually a pretty competent device with some thoughtful design touches. Still, that doesnt really offset the unsettling idea of inviting a company notorious for disregarding user privacy into your home, the most intimate setting of all.
Facebooks premium Portal+ with a larger, rotating 1080p screen is still priced at $349 when purchased individually, but if you buy a Portal+ with at least one other Portal, it looks like you can pick it up for $249. Facebook advertised the Portal discount for Mothers Day and the sale ends on May 12. We reached out to the company to ask how sales were faring and if the holiday discounts would stick around for longer and well update when we hear back.

Facebook Portal+ review
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