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The Echo Show is a popular smart speaker, but not without competition. One company with a similar range of products is Meta, which brings us to a Facebook Portal vs. Echo Show comparison.  These speakers both have displays in a range of sizes aimed at the competition from 5.5” to over 15”, depending on your needs. 

We’re going to take a look at both companies’ lineups from the first generation to the latest products in their collections. That includes the speaker’s specifications and compatibility, along with some of the flagship features that make these products stand out. 

Facebook Portal vs. Echo Show: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Facebook PortalEcho Show
What is it?Smart Speaker with DisplaySmart Speaker with Display
Release Date20182017
ManufacturerMeta Amazon
ProductsSmart Speakers, Smart Glasses, VR headsetsSmart Speakers, Wearables, Accessories
Websitehttps://about.facebook.com/https://www.amazon.com/

Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal: 4 Must-Know Facts

  • YouTube was blocked from Echo devices in 2017 by Google.
  • Portal for Business is a software package that turns Portals into conference room machines.
  • The first Echo Show only had a 7-inch, 1024 x 600p display.
  • Facebook has been under fire for privacy practices related to the Portal.

Facebook Portal vs. Echo Show: What’s the Difference?

The first thing to know about this showdown is the companies behind the products. Meta, formerly known as Facebook, is responsible for producing the Portal. It was launched in October of 2018 before a second generation followed less than a year later in 2019.

Amazon produces the Echo Show as well as the rest of the products in the Echo family, like the Dot, Echo Frames, and Echo Plus. The original Show was released in 2017, giving Amazon a year’s head start. Their second generation of products rolled out roughly a month before the first Portal, making the companies instant competitors in this space.

While Amazon branched out into a variety of lines under the Echo branding, Meta kept things relatively simple with Portal. According to a recent report, the company is also moving away from consumer products with a focus on businesses and conference calling in the future.

Facebook Portal Products

Products from Meta fall under two categories at the moment with smart speaker displays and VR headsets. Each line has seen a number of releases, although some have been replaced by updated models or discontinued.

The Meta Quest is a virtual reality headset that used to be sold as the Oculus Quest. It’s arguably the best virtual reality headset for beginners and an incredibly popular product from Meta. In addition to the Meta Quest, the company also has a hand in Ray-Ban Stories, smart glasses with audio-video capabilities.  

Meta Quest 2 — Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset — 256 GB
$498.98
  • Keep your experience smooth and seamless, even as high speed action unfolds around you with a super-fast processor and high-resolution display.
  • Experience total immersion with 3D positional audio, hand tracking and haptic feedback, working together to make virtual worlds feel real.
  • Explore an expanding universe of over 350 titles across gaming, fitness, social/multiplayer and entertainment, including exclusive blockbuster releases and totally unique VR experiences.
  • Travel universes in blockbuster fantasies, scare yourself witless in horror adventures or collaborate with colleagues in innovative workspaces.
  • Come together in incredible social spaces and multiplayer arenas as you take in live events with friends and family, find your new workout crew or join quests with fellow adventurers.
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Ray-Ban unisex adult Stories | Wayfarer Smart Glasses, Shiny Black/Green, 50 mm US
$299.00
  • Ray-Ban Stories frames cannot be replaced with prescription lenses and attempting to do so will invalidate the warranty.
  • RAY-BAN STORIES: The new way to capture, share and listen. In partnership with Meta, discover our first generation of smart sunglasses and eyeglasses that keeps you connected.
  • POLARIZED LENS: Delievering a true-to-color environment, Ray-Ban Polarized lenses block at least 95% of reflected light, virtually elimanting glare and increasing visual clarity.
  • CAPTURE THE WORLD AS YOU SEE IT: Take photos and videos hands-free and stay immersed in the moment with the dual 5MP camera. It automatically adjusts to the light around you for high resolution photos...
  • SOUND IT OUT: Discrete open-ear speakers with 3 built-in microphones capture sound in all directions so you get rich voice and sound quality for calls and videos.
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Facebook Meta Portal
Meta’s smart speakers, the Portal and its different iterations, are gaining speed in the race for the best device.

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Facebook Portal Smart Speakers

In 2018, the original Facebook Portal launched with a 10.1-inch display and the 2nd generation has the same sized panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800p. The touchscreen is adaptive and sound is provided through a front-porting stereo speaker and woofer in the rear.

The Facebook Portal works in portrait or landscape modes with a 13 MP camera that relies on AI for tracking. It has a 103° field of view and comes in two colors: black and white. Consumers interested in a larger device for video calling will appreciate the Meta Facebook Portal Plus, which has a 14-inch tilting display and a resolution of 2160 x 1440p.

Meta included many of the same basic features on the Facebook Portal Plus, but it has a larger 20w woofer and two 5w speakers. The Facebook Portal Plus has a 12 MP camera, but it has a larger FOV than the 10-inch model at 131°. One of the newest devices from Meta is the Facebook Portal Go, which is an interesting mix of the regular model and Plus.

When you need to take a video call on the go, the Facebook Portal Go can handle that thanks to a battery with enough juice for 5 hours of video calls. It has the same display as the first-generation Facebook Portal and doesn’t have portrait mode. The Facebook Portal Go does have better audio than the gen 2 camera, however, with the same speakers found on the Facebook Portal Plus.

While it doesn’t have a touchscreen or even a display, the Facebook Portal TV is one of Meta’s more intriguing products. This module turns any television set with an HDMI port into a large video screen. You can use AR filters for some fun, and it has an 8-mic array compared to the 4-mic setup on the other smart speakers.

The Facebook Portal Mini is an 8-inch version of the company’s popular device. It’s still available to purchase but was discontinued by Meta in 2021 a few years after its introduction.

Meta Portal - Smart Video Calling for the Home with 10” Touch Screen Display - Black
$78.99
  • A more natural connection. Smart Camera adjusts automatically so you can move freely and stay in frame, while Smart Sound ensures you can easily be heard.
  • Call anyone, anywhere. Use apps like Messenger and WhatsApp to connect with friends and family—even if they don’t have a Meta Portal.
  • Designed for the home. With a sleek picture frame design, quick setup and intuitive voice and touchscreen controls, Portal fits easily and seamlessly into your home.
  • Privacy by design. Easily disable the camera and microphone, or block the lens with the camera cover.
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Meta Portal Plus - Smart Video Calling 14” Touch Screen with Stereo Speakers
$294.99
  • Build relationships at work and home. Messenger and WhatsApp put you just one tap away from friends and family—even if they don’t have a Meta Portal.
  • A more natural connection. Smart Camera adjusts automatically so you can move freely and stay in frame, while Smart Sound ensures you can always be heard.
  • Call anyone, anywhere. Use apps like Messenger and WhatsApp to connect with friends and family—even if they don’t have a Meta Portal.
  • Bigger screen, bigger sound. A brilliant 14” HD tilting display and a room-filling stereo speaker means you’ll never miss a detail.
  • Privacy by design. Easily disable the camera and microphone, or block the lens with the integrated camera cover.
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Meta Portal Go - Portable Smart Video Calling 10” Touch Screen with Battery
$123.48
  • Feel close, wherever you roam. With the best of Meta Portal smart video calling made portable, you can take the conversation anywhere in your home.
  • Designed for calls on the go. A long-lasting battery and integrated handle make it easy to move from room to room.
  • Call anyone, anywhere. Use apps like Messenger and WhatsApp to connect with friends and family—even if they don’t have a Meta Portal.
  • A more natural connection. Smart Camera adjusts automatically so you can move freely and stay in frame, while Smart Sound ensures you can always be heard.
  • Great sound anywhere. Listen to music with a speaker that can fill any room. Doubles as a portable Bluetooth speaker around the home.
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Meta Portal TV - Big Screen Smart Video Calling for Group Calls on Your TV
$86.00
  • Scale up your greatest conversations. Smart video calling on your TV brings your favorite people, larger-than-life, into your living room.
  • Share the room. Perfect for group calls. Meta Portal TV captures your whole room so everyone is in view without jostling for position.
  • Call anyone, anywhere. Use apps like Messenger and WhatsApp to connect with friends and family—even if they don’t have a Meta Portal.
  • A more natural connection. Smart Camera adjusts automatically so you can move freely and stay in frame, while Smart Sound ensures you can be heard clearly.
  • Privacy by design. Easily disable the camera and microphone, or block the lens with the camera cover.
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The Echo Show Family

Amazon has released close to a dozen styles of the Echo Show since it first hit the streets in 2017. Things have changed cosmetically and under the hood since that time, so now you can find pint-sized models alongside the large Echo Show 15.

The newest version of Amazon’s flagship Echo is the 3suprd/sup gen Echo Show 10. It has a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800p and a 13 MP camera for video calling. The smart speaker also has a 3-inch woofer and two 1-inch tweeters. It turns in the direction you’re facing as you move around a room, although the smaller version of the Show has better resolution.

The Echo Show 15 is a beastly device sporting a 15.6-inch display. It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080p, but only a 5 MP camera compared to the 10-inch edition. It also doesn’t have Zigbee smart hub built-in, although it’s wall-mountable and functions in both portrait and landscape modes. It’s the only Echo Show that can do that, while the Echo Show 10 is the only model that turns to follow.

Consumers looking for a smaller smart speaker display with just as many features should consider the Echo Show 8. It has a slightly smaller display than the Echo Show 10, but with the same resolution and camera. It has a far more streamlined design that the larger model, making it more suitable for nightstands and smaller locations.

Even smaller is the Echo Show 5, which is on the 2nd generation, like the Echo Show 8. This display is only 5.5 inches with a resolution of 960 x 480p and a 2MP camera. It doesn’t have features like Visual ID but is a nice entry-level system in the Echo Show lineup.

Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) | HD smart display with motion and Alexa | Charcoal
$249.99
  • Alexa can show you even more - With a 10.1" HD screen that’s designed to move with you, video calls, recipes, and shows are always in view. The speakers deliver premium, directional sound.
  • Stay in frame - Video call friends and family or take a picture while the 13MP camera with auto-framing and motion keeps you front and center.
  • Smart home made simple - Set up compatible Zigbee and Matter devices without a separate hub. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats.
  • Take a look around when you’re away - Securely access the built-in camera to remotely monitor your home anytime with the Alexa app or other Echo Show devices.
  • So much entertainment - Ask Alexa to play your favorite shows, music, and podcasts from Prime Video, Netflix, Amazon Music, Spotify, and more.
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Echo Show 15 | Full HD 15.6" smart display with Alexa and Fire TV built in | Remote not included
$249.99
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED AT A GLANCE - With a 15.6” Full HD (1080p) smart display and Fire TV, family organization and entertainment will look brilliant.
  • YOUR NEW KITCHEN TV -With Fire TV, you can stream over 1 million movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites with subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, Paramount+, and more.
  • STAY ON TOP OF YOUR DAY - Use customizable widgets like shared calendars, personal sticky notes, and to-do lists to keep the family on track. Ask Alexa for daily meal inspiration tailored for you,...
  • YOUR SMART HOME AT YOUR FINGERTIPS - Add your most-used smart devices to the home screen for quick access, and see a live view from multiple cameras on a single screen.
  • YOUR MEMORIES IN FULL-SCREEN - With the Photo Frame feature, you can use your Echo Show 15 to display artwork and your albums from Amazon Photos.
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Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021 release) | HD smart display with Alexa and 13 MP camera | Charcoal
$129.99
  • Alexa can show you even more - 8” HD touchscreen, adaptive color, and stereo speakers bring entertainment to life. Make video calls with a 13 MP camera that uses auto-framing to keep you centered.
  • Stay in frame - Make video calls with a new camera that frames and centers automatically. Simply ask Alexa to call your contacts.
  • Make life easier at home - Glance at your calendars and reminders. Get daily recipe ideas and cook along hands-free with step-by-step instructions. Use your voice to set timers, update lists, and see...
  • Manage your smart home - Look in when you're away with the built-in camera. Control compatible devices like cameras, lights, and more using the interactive display, your voice, or your motion.
  • Be entertained - Enjoy TV shows and movies in HD and stereo with Prime Video, Netflix, and more. Or ask Alexa to stream Amazon Music, Apple Music, or Spotify.
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Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021 release) | Smart display with Alexa and 2 MP camera | Deep Sea Blue
$84.99
  • See your day clearly with Alexa at the ready - Set alarms and timers, check your calendar or the news, make video calls with the 2 MP camera, and stream music or shows - all with your voice.
  • Add Alexa to your nightstand - Ease into the day with a routine that turns compatible lights on gradually. Or wake up to your news update, the weather forecast, and your favorite music.
  • Manage your smart home - Look in when you're away with the built-in camera. Control compatible devices like cameras, lights, and more using the interactive display, your voice, or your motion.
  • Connect with video calling - Use the 2 MP camera to call friends and family who have the Alexa app or an Echo device with a screen. Make announcements to other compatible devices in your home.
  • Be entertained - Ask Alexa to play TV shows and movies via Prime Video, Netflix, and more on the 5.5" screen. Or stream favorites from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and others. Subscriptions for...
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Amazon Echo Show
There are many iterations and generations of the Echo device lineup, including the Show.

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Features and Compatibility

One of the reasons people buy the Facebook Portal or Echo Show is for video calling, even if both devices are capable of doing far more. Both can sync up to smartphone devices in various ways, and allow you to surf the web a bit or load specific apps.

With the Facebook Portal, you’ll have access to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Zoom out of the box. It also has Alexa integration, which shortens the gap between it and the Echo Show. Facebook Portal devices aren’t compatible with Skype and calling is tied to select apps, including Messenger and WhatsApp.

Things are more open on the Echo Show given it’s an Android-based device. Skype is an option and the star on the Echo Show line, and you can’t use WhatsApp. Both companies have updated things to a degree, but you’ll want to read the fine print when it comes to compatibility.

Facebook Portal vs. Echo Show: Pricing and Availability

Echo Show pricing begins at $84.99 for the 2nd gen Echo Show 5 and tops out at $249.99 for the Echo Show 15. While the Echo Show 5 is the only one under $100, Amazon has done a great job of spreading pricing out across its lineup.

The most expensive device from Facebook Portal is the Meta Plus with a price tag of $269-299. It’s more expensive than the premium model from Amazon, but the Facebook Portal 10 is only $49 on Meta’s official site, compared to the Echo Show 10 at $249.99.

Facebook Portal Go is $149, which is comparable to the Echo Show 8 price at $129.99. Meta has Echo beat on pricing, but there’s a reason for that.

Facebook Portal vs. Echo Show: Which One is Better? 

As we mentioned, Meta is going to discontinue the Facebook Portal as they focus on the business sector and conference calling for these devices. While they will still work, the line is essentially dead from a consumer standpoint.

We have no doubt that Meta will get back into the smart display game eventually, but the Echo Show lineup is a clear winner for that fact alone. You can also count on the latest version of the Echo Show to receive more updates, and they have better quality audio than Facebook Portal speakers as well.

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Facebook Portal vs. Echo Show: It’s No Contest FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Can you use Netflix on the Echo Show or Facebook Portal?

You can watch Netflix on the Echo Show and Meta’s devices.

Are you able to watch TV on the Echo Show?

Many of the same streaming apps are available through the Echo Show and Alex Skills as you’ll find on devices like the Firestick and Fire TV.

Do you need a subscription to use Facebook Portal?

No, Facebook Portal is free to use once you’ve purchased the smart speaker and created a free account.

Can you sideload third-party apps on the Echo Show?

You can add certain apps through Alexa Skills, but you don’t have access to any traditional app stores.

Can you connect Facebook Portal to a TV?

Yes, with a compatible cable, although audio will only play through the speakers on the Meta Facebook Portal.

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