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Blackphone To Feature NVIDIA Tegra 4i Processor, Giving Users Unmatched Mobile Performance And Privacy

Blackphones start shipping to customers in June, fulfilling massive worldwide demand for a high-performance smartphone with unparalleled mobile privacy and security.

GENEVA, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SGP Technologies SA, the Switzerland-based joint venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone 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.

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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 from Disconnect 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


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)



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.

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.

Blackphone Press contact:

W2 Communications
Tom Resau
[email protected]
Tel: +1 703-877-8103

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