BlackPhone will pack the NVIDIA Tegra 4i processor


BlackPhone, the ultra-secure smartphone from SGP Technologies, is going to pack a pretty nice punch. Today, it was revealed by the SGP Technologies that the device will feature an NVIDIA Tegra 4i processor. The Tegra 4i will be clocked at 2.0GHz. In addition to announcing its processor, the company also clarified that BlackPhone will have an i500 LTE modem.

Behind the device’s secure PrivatOS is Android 4.4 KitKat. The 4.7-inch display has a resolution of 720p and the battery keeping everything going is 2000mAh. The rear camera is 8MP and the front facing one is 5MP.

Hit the break for the full press release.

GENEVA, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SGP Technologies SA, the Switzerland-based joint venture of Silent Circle andGeeksphone behind Blackphone, announced today that it has selected the NVIDIA Tegra 4i mobile processor to power Blackphone, giving users unmatched mobile performance and – with SGP’s PrivatOS suite of Android™ tool and bundled software – the privacy for protecting confidential business and personal communications and Internet activity.

SGP selected Tegra 4i for its superior multimedia, web browsing and networking experiences while supporting Blackphone’s unprecedented array of integrated privacy features and services. Tegra 4i has 60 custom GPU cores; a quad-core CPU based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 r4 CPU, plus a fifth battery-saver core; and an integrated NVIDIA i500 LTE modem.

Blackphone is the first high-end smartphone placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users — including technologists, executives, public figures and anyone who wants the power of choice over their own information.  Blackphone’s PrivatOS, built on Android™, and combined with a full suite of privacy-enabled applications, allows users to regain control over their communications activities.

Coupled with Tegra 4i’s capabilities, Blackphone’s design offers the best features on the market, from stunning video displays and app multi-tasking to enhanced battery life – in addition to signature features such as award-winning private encrypted voice and video calls and text messaging with attachments from Silent Circle, anonymous browsing and mobile VPN protection fromDisconnect and private encrypted cloud storage from SpiderOak.

“With Blackphone we have engineered a high-end smartphone rivaling the top devices on the market in terms of performance and user experience – and with comprehensive embedded privacy features as a crucial differentiator,” said Toby Weir-Jones, CEO of SGP Technologies SA. “NVIDIA’s industry leadership and the compelling advantages of their Tegra 4i mobile processor make them a key partner in creating a disruptive product backed by the best components available.”

With competitive focus centered on uncompromising privacy and user control, Blackphone’s selection of Tegra 4i acknowledges NVIDIA’s ability to meet unique device specifications and demanding performance requirements. Together with other world-class components and materials, Tegra 4i helps deliver on Blackphone’s promise of eliminating prior generations’ trade-offs and compromises between private, encrypted communications’ usability, accessibility and performance.

As part of today’s announcement, updated technical specifications for Blackphone have been released, below:

Blackphone model name BP1
OS platform PrivatOS based on Android™ 4.4 (KitKat)
SIM slot Single micro-SIM slot
Hardware platform NVIDIA Tegra 4i
CPU frequency 2.0 GHz
Radio GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz 

HSPA+/WCDMA:  850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz (42 Mbps)


LTE FDD bands 3/7/20 (EU/RoW) or 4/7 (US/Canada) (Cat 4 150 Mbps)

Memory 16GB EMMC + 1GB LPDDR3
MicroSD support Yes
LCD 4.7″ IPS HD display (1280*720)
Touch Capacitive >4 point multi-touch
Camera 8MP AF rear (Flash LED) + 5MP FF front
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Battery capacity  2000mA
Connectors 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB
Sensors Gravity sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, magnetic sensor
Color scheme Black touch panel, black battery cover

Blackphone went on sale February 24, 2014 with the phone’s launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and quickly sold out the first pre-sale run. Final component and production specifications are currently being finalized and devices are scheduled to ship to customers and carrier distributors in the EU and Americas in June 2014. For more details on Blackphone, including purchasing information for individuals, enterprises and resellers, please visit

About SGP Technologies SA
SGP Technologies is the manufacturer of Blackphone, the leading high-end privacy oriented Android™ smartphone for personal and enterprise use. Formed as a joint between the internationally recognized secure communications provider, Silent Circle, and award-winning Spanish mobile device manufacturer, Geeksphone, SGP Technologies is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information on Blackphone, please visit

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.

  • Teege

    “rivaling the top devices on the market”
    720p screen, small battery, inferior camera, 1 gb of ram, and 4 point multi touch screen?
    Uhhhhhhh….. Don’t get me wrong, the security is nice, but don’t pretend you’re making an S5 or a G2 or M8.