Early Black Friday deals on Portal by Facebook are now live to save you up to $65

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Facebook Portal Hero (Image credit: Facebook)

For many, many reasons, 2020 has felt like one of the longest years in recent memory. Social distancing has kept many of us away from our friends and family in that time. Luckily, these early Black Friday deals on Portal by Facebook devices will help make sure you can see your loved ones whenever you choose. With select devices now up to $65 off, this week's sale offers some of the best discounts yet on Portal models with prices starting as low as $65, however, these deals are only good through November 8. Shipping is free.

This is just one of many Black Friday sales that are going live in advance of November 27.

Portal by Facebook lets you connect and videochat with friends and family members while you're far apart. This Black Friday sale offers up to $65 off select models including the Portal Mini, Portal TV, Portal, and Portal+.

The Portal Mini is the most affordable option during the sale, priced at $65. This 8-inch device lets you easily video call other Portal users, or even just Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp users, using its built-in apps. The Smart Camera tracks you and adjusts to follow you around, meaning you could, for instance, chat with your dad while cooking dinner, or hang out with long-distance relatives while they open up their birthday presents. It features Alexa built-in so you can control your smart home, check who's at the front door, listen to your favorite music, and more hands-free. When not in use, it can also be used as a digital photo frame showing you your favorite Instagram photos.

The larger, 10-inch Portal is much the same but comes with a larger display for doing all of the above. It's $50 off at only $129. However, an even nicer pickup would be the Portal Plus. This model is $50 off today as well, features a 15.6-inch display that can be set up in portrait or landscape orientations, and has an improved speaker system. You can mix and match the devices you buy and they'll all communicate well together regardless of the sizes you go for.

Another option to consider that's on sale today is the Portal TV. Currently $20 off, this device hooks into your TV so you can use it as a Portal to see and speak with your friends and family.

If you have any privacy concerns, note that Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. Every call is encrypted, and you can easily block the camera with the included cover or disable the camera and microphone with a single tap. You must have a Facebook account to use Portal devices, though not everyone on the call has to have a Portal device thankfully. They can use their own device and its built-in camera and microphone to begin chatting with you.

Alex Smith
Alex is a graduate from the University of North Florida with a background in sales and merchandising. When he’s not hunting down the next great deals to post on Thrifter, he can be found making music and working on his eBay business.