Back in January, Silent Circle and Geeksphone announced a joint-effort to develop the ultra-secure ‘Blackphone’ smartphone. The two companies would call the company SGP Technologies.
What makes the Blackphone special is that it runs a modified version of Android called PrivatOS, alongside a set of special Silent Circle apps that are designed to put security and privacy first. At MWC, SGP gave us a few more details as to what the handset would offer and even began offering the device for pre-order at the price of $629.
As for the handset’s specs? During MWC we learned that the Blackphone would feature a 4.7-inch HD IPS display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, an 8MP camera, 5MP front and it would offer LTE and all the other connectivity features you’d expect. What we didn’t know is what processor would power the device, other than it would be a quad-core running at 2GHz or higher.
Tegra isn't exactly a common choice in the mobile world these days, particularly when it comes to smartphones, but SGP remains confident that Nvidia is the right partner for the device.
Today SGP Technologies has finally revealed more details about the CPU, and has also further detailed a few other specs. As it turns out, SGP is turning to Nvidia, who will provide a 2GHz Tegra 4i processor package. Tegra isn’t exactly a common choice in the mobile world these days, particularly when it comes to smartphones, but SGP remains confident that Nvidia is the right partner for the device.
Aside from clarifying what CPU it will run, SGP also reveals that the phone will have a 5MP front shooter, gravity/light/magnetic/proximity sensors, microSD, micr-o-SIM and a 2000 mAh battery. We also have learned that PrivatOS is built on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Overall, the Blackphone has rather solid specs and could be the perfect device for those that feel the ‘typical’ Android experience doesn’t afford them a high enough level of security. On the downside, it seems that the Blackphone won’t feature 2GB RAM after all — opting instead for just 1GB.
Anyone out there interested in picking up the Blackphone when it becomes available? Conversely, do you feel this ultra-high level of security is largely unnecessary?
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: April 28, 2014 – SGP Technologies SA, the Switzerland-based joint venture of Silent Circle <http://www.silentcircle.com/> and Geeksphone <http://www.geeksphone.com/> behind Blackphone, announced today that it has selected the NVIDIA Tegra 4i mobile processor <http://www.nvidia.com/object/tegra-4-processor.html> 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™, <http://www.android.com/> 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 <http://www.silentcircle.com/>, anonymous browsing and mobile VPN protection from Disconnect <http://www.disconnect.me/>and private encrypted cloud storage from SpiderOak <http://www.spideroak.com/>.
“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
- 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
- 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)
- 16GB EMMC + 1GB LPDDR3
- MicroSD support
- 4.7” IPS HD display (1280*720)
- Capacitive >4 point multi-touch
- 8MP AF rear (Flash LED) + 5MP FF front
- 4.0 LE
- Battery capacity
- 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB
- 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 https://www.blackphone.ch <https://www.blackphone.ch/>.
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 http://www.blackphone.ch <http://www.blackphone.ch/>.