Blackphone processor revealed to be quad-core 2GHz Tegra 4i


The Blackphone has high ambitions. It wants to be the most secure smartphone you’ve ever used, utilizing Silent circle for encrypted voice calls, video calls and messages with SilentCircle, VPN protection via Disconnect, encrypted cloud storage from SpiderOak and more. They call it PrivateOS, which is an operating system directly based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

It’s secure no doubt, but what sort of power can you expect under the hood? That’s all been cleared up this morning, with Blackphone officially revealing the chipset inside to be a 2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4i.

Tegra 4i is based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 r4 with a fifth battery saving core for performing low-powered tasks in the background. It also has 60 GPU cores, and NVIDIA’s integrated i500 LTE modem.


Here’s how the entirety of the phone stacks up:

  • 4.7-inch 720p HD IPS display
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4i 2GHz quad-core chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage w/ microSD slot
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with focus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LTE, WiFi N and GPS
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • LTE bands 3/7/20 (EU/RoW) or 4/7 (US/Canada) (Cat 4 150 Mbps)

We were able to get a pretty good look at this thing back when it was announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, so be sure to check that out to see what we’re in store for when the Blackphone finally makes its way to store shelves (which Blackphone says should be going down as early as June).

[via PR Newswire]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. so this will be the third phone with tegra 4i. also the highest clocked T4i so far.

  2. wow, look at the size of those bezels!!

  3. Cheapskate mofos couldn’t even sneak in 2GB RAM to future proof it past one upgrade cycle? Yes, 1GB RAM is most likely just fine really but it’s 2014..

  4. Who is this phone for?..

    1. Those who really have something to hide.

      1. You don’t have to “have something to hide” to desire privacy and security.

    2. Anyone who likes their privacy.

  5. I could see corporations concerned about espionage, celebrities, anyone worried about their information or customer information being stolen, being interested.

  6. What’s going on with that screen? The lack of black levels make it look like it’s from 10 years ago.

  7. I wonder what’s the difference if I ran my own vpn through a service and encrypted my data via settings vs this?

  8. This only has 1GB of RAM with all those specs? My Razr has 840MB and it barely keeps up.

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