The Machine Making sense of AI. As people continue to purchase tens of millions of smart speakers around the world, the Echo Dot and Home Mini continue to lead global sales by the numbers. But the new twist we collectively witnessed in the past year was the emergence of the smart display, a new category of devices that gives the likes of Alexa and Google Assistant a visual interface. With nearly half of all Google Assistant interactions this year combining voice and touch to get things done, smart displays could be on the rise.
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I also find it confusing that Portal has two different voice assistants. With the Portal, you actually need both Alexa and "Hey Portal" to take full advantage of the voice integrations. Alexa voice commands work in much the same way as any Amazon smart speaker.
Looking closer, though, there are a few key features that set both devices apart. In this side-by-side of the Portal and Show, we weigh in on key criteria like design, sound, displays, and price. Read on to see which of the two smart displays we prefer. Available in white and black frame options, the Portal measures in at The Echo Show looks more like a tablet with a big speaker stuck on the back. Available in sandstone and charcoal backings black frame on both , the Amazon speaker is 9. They both offer rich bass and clear sound that carries throughout a room. Overall, we really love both screens on these smart displays.