How Google’s new Home Hub compares to the Echo Show and Facebook Portal | Social Media

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Google’s new is the latest smart display to hit the market, but it’s not quite like the rest. One of the key differences with Google’s product is that it lacks a camera, removing any possibility of engaging in a video call with friends or family. (I think I just heard Lenovo and JBL collectively sigh in relief that Google isn’t about to totally eat their lunch.)

Putting aside the Home Hub’s lack of a camera, its closest competitor is the Amazon . Powered by Alexa, Amazon’s smart display aims to answer all of your queries, connect your streaming services, and seamlessly corral all of your smart home technology. Much of the decision comes down to the services that you’re embedded in. Do you love Prime Video and absolutely need to video chat? Or, well, do you want YouTube access? (The good kind, not the roundabout mobile site version of YouTube.)

Then, there’s ’s new smart display, the . While still technically a smart display, the is more limited in its feature set; video chatting with other or Facebook users is the big spotlight here. Unlike the Echo Show, the stands out because it’s able to track you as you move around the room during a video chat. You can listen to music via Spotify or Pandora and watch video content on Facebook Watch, the company’s latest on-demand initiative, though it isn’t as much of a do-it-all compared to the others.

Here’s a spec breakdown to make the decision a bit easier.

Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal

Category Google Home Hub Amazon Echo Show Facebook Portal
Category Google Home Hub Amazon Echo Show Facebook Portal
Starting price $149 $229 $199 (10.1 inches), $349 (15.6 inches)
Display 7 inches 10.1 inches 10.1 inches (720p), 15.6 inches (1080p)
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Camera No Yes, 5MP Yes, 12MP
Weight 480g 1,775g 1,250g (10.1 inches), 3,360g (15.6 inches)
Dimensions (mm) 178.5 x 118 x 67.3 246 x 174 x 107 250 x 208.5 x 93.6 (10.1 inches), 450 x 145.5 x 224 (15.6 inches)
Voice assistant Google Assistant Alexa Alexa, though Facebook’s own assistant handles calls
Supports YouTube Yes, includes a six-month Premium subscription Yes, but it’s a nightmare No
Multiroom audio support Yes Yes No

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