updated 12:57 pm EDT, Mon April 28, 2014
Blackphone specifications released before shipments start in June
The privacy-focused Blackphone from Geeksphone and Silent Circle will be shipping with an Nvidia Tegra 4i as its processor, it has been revealed. At the same time as announcing the use of Nvidia's System-on-Chip, a finalized list of specifications for the device have been released by the manufacturer, confirming it will have a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display.
The Tegra 4i combines a 2GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor with a fifth battery-saver core, a GPU with 60 custom cores, and an integrated Nvidia i500 LTE modem in one SoC. The device will also shop with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a rear 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and a 2,000mAh battery.
The Android smartphone uses an enhanced version of the mobile operating system called PrivatOS, which offers few in the way of bundled apps, disables Wi-Fi except for trusted hotspots, and has a number of other privacy-related features. Continuing the security theme, the Blackphone has its own Security Center that can control what an app can or cannot do on the device, and its own custom remote wiping system.
Also onboard is Silent Circle's collection of apps, including Silent Phone for peer-to-peer encrypted VoIP communications, Silent Text for encrypted text messaging, and Silent Contacts. Usually available as paid services for $10 per month, three one-year subscriptions to the Silent Circle suite is included as part of the phone's cost. Other security-minded third-party apps, including SpiderOak, Disconnect Secure Wireless, and Kismet Smart Wi-Fi Manager, are also included at no charge.
Pre-orders for the Blackphone have already sold out, according to the company store, with existing orders of the $629 smartphone set to begin shipping this June.