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Last quarter, manufacturers shipped 16.8 million smart speakers, up 187 percent from the same period last year, according to the research firm Canalys.
Amazon and Google dominate the smart speaker market in the United States.
The devices are Facebook’s first major foray into designing, building and selling consumer hardware from scratch.
If the Portals are successful, the company could encourage more people to use its social network regularly to keep in touch with friends and family, as well as for apps like Spotify and Pandora. After two years of scandals, it will be marketing Portal and Portal Plus to a skeptical public.
In China, Alibaba and Xiaomi are quickly gaining traction with sales of their artificially intelligent speakers.
In the last two years, smart speakers have evolved to include screens for videoconferencing, videos and apps.
Portal and Portal Plus, which have a 12-megapixel camera with high-definition video and artificial intelligence software, can be used to do video chats. I.-powered camera follows users as they move, letting them converse without sitting stiffly.
The devices also include Amazon’s Alexa, which people can command to play music or check the weather.
Facebook doesn’t talk much about this technology, which scans postings and chats for criminal activity.
Facebook is entering a fiercely competitive market.
Voice-controlled smart speakers, a category birthed by Amazon in 2015 with its Echo, is small but growing.
Portal, which has a 10-inch screen, will sell for 9, while the other model, with a 15-inch display that can be rotated, will be priced at 9.
Facebook plans to offer the gadgets on a stand-alone website in time for the holidays, and has a major marketing campaign in the works.