The über-secure Blackphone will be powered by 2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4i CPU


When the Blackphone was officially announced at MWC in Barcelona this past February, we finally knew just about everything there was to know about it, in broad strokes at least.

The Android powered secure smartphone uses a suite of subscription based security apps to up the level of security on the mobile device. When you buy the Blackphone, a two-year subscription to that encryption suite is included.

The device, a result between a partnership created by Silent Circle and Geeksphone, retails for $629, and its Android 4.4 underpinnings deliver what Blackphone calls PrivatOS, which basically eliminates the default data tracking and app permissions that are “on” by default in Android. Today, specifications for the Blackphone were updated. The secure device has a 4.7-inch 720p display, 8MP main camera, 5MP front facing camera, 2,000mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage.

At the Blackphone’s announcement, the CPU was stated simply as a quad-core 2GHz unit, but no mention as to who would be providing the silicon. That cat is now officially out of the bag, as it was announced today that the heartbeat of the Blackphone would be an NVIDIA Tegra 4i quad-core CPU tuned to 2GHz. It is integrated with NVIDIA’s i500 LTE modem. The Tegra 4i should have no trouble managing graphics either with 60 custom GPU cores.

The Blackphone sold out almost as soon as it was announced in February. The company is on track to deliver final devices in Europe and the Americas in June.

source: SGP Technologies

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15 Comments

1. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

The two-year subscription should be increased to 4 years.

5. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Seems pretty standard when it comes to AV/ security suites subscriptions. Plus there may be an updated model after two years. Lastly, if you want security you'll pay for it one way or another (if not subs then ads).

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

At least this should give Mr. Jen Hsun Huang some sort of morale boost lol Word of advice Mr Huang...Quit lying and fulfill your promises in that way OEMs will give your product a try

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If only it was note size..

4. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

i was wonder how much people need this??

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It seems this sort of phone would be best offered to the market as a completely open source ROM with optional value-added services such as the secure texting and secure voice calling. I'd much rather have a OnePlus One with a Cyanogen Secure ROM and pay some service fees for secure text/voice on as as-needed basis.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Intriguing choice of processor. I wonder if Nvidia's chips have fewer backdoors than Qualcomm's.

8. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I have seen this speced with both 1GB and 2GB of ram on different sites.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It had better have 2GB RAM for $629. The battery also seems small, but maybe without all the usual backround spyware of a normal Android phone, the battery will last long enough.

10. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Per the press release today, the specs (and Blackphone's own website) show 1GB RAM.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Thanks. IMO, unless there is some substantial hardware security value offered by having a Blackphone phone vs. a Blackphone ROM, it doesn't make a lot of sense.

12. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Cool! I'll be keeping my eye on this. I just hope it makes it to the UK.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Pretty sure no one cares for NVIDIA while every other company uses SNAPDRAGON processor

14. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I was really interested in this phone. But the screen, rear camera, RAM and bettery are so low end. I guess I wall have to find some secure apps for my current phone.

15. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

All of these specs are found on the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Mega series, Moto G, most mid rangers, and some phones you love. Who calls that low-end?

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