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Nokia N950 for MeeGo developers quietly announced; packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard

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Nokia N950 for MeeGo developers quietly announced; packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard
After many months of rumors, leaks, and speculation, the Nokia N9 was finally introduced in its final form with the bold intention to shake the smartphone market. However, with its unibody construction and lack of a physical keyboard, the smartphone clearly does not look the way we were initially expecting it to. Remember the alleged N9 photos that surfaced on the web in the second half of last year? Well, it turns out that a device almost identical to the one that posed for the camera back then will see the light of day after all and will be officially known as the Nokia N950.

What you might not like hearing, though, is that the Nokia N950 will not be a commercial smartphone so do not expect finding it sitting on a store shelf near you. Instead, the device will be intended for MeeGo developers only and will come with no warranty of any kind. Being a developer's device means that the Nokia N950 will not be as pretty nor as reliable as the N9, but its hardware specification will come close enough to that of its commercial counterpart. Both smartphones will come powered by the same TI OMAP3630 chipset backed up by 1GB of RAM, yet the N950 will get a slightly bigger 4-inch TFT LCD display boasting the same 854x480 resolution and a different image sensor of seemingly identical quality. Besides that, we cannot omit the fact that developers will have the N950's QWERTY keyboard at their disposal, which will hopefully make building MeeGo software somewhat easier of a task.

There is no word regarding the Nokia N950's price so far and it is said that quantities will be limited. If you are a developer interested in getting one, you might want to act fast once the smartphone becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to watch the video below where the Nokia N950 makes a brief appearance.

source: Nokia, The Nokia Blog via SlashGear

UPDATE: Well, this didn't take long. Photos of the N950 have already been posted on the web for the whole world to see.

Nokia N950 for MeeGo developers quietly announced; packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard
Nokia N950 for MeeGo developers quietly announced; packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard
Nokia N950 for MeeGo developers quietly announced; packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard
Nokia N950 for MeeGo developers quietly announced; packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard

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posted on 21 Jun 2011, 06:17 2

1. Seylan (unregistered)


Quite ironic, since all Nokia fans were waiting for THIS MeeGo device to come out

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:36

2. SkaRn (unregistered)


I dont care about N9, but I'd definitely go for N950! Finally some good news from Nokia! The only stupid thing here is by not making this available to the mass market... :(

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 12:21

3. orenz (unregistered)


i like this meego thing, dump the wmp7 os,.. nokia pls.!!!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 13:08

4. robk71 (unregistered)


Don't Nokia do any market research?
We the consumer have been teased and tantilised with rumours regarding this device for over a year now.
I for one have put off renewing my phone contract in the hope of one day getting a good quality high-end qwerty slider.
To go to all the effort and expense of designing and producing this handset and then withholding it from general release seems crazy to me and a big snub to a loyal consumer base.

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 00:58

7. hepresearch (unregistered)


yeah... welcome to the new Nokia! Connecting Elop... I mean... errr... People...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 20:46

6. lubbalots (unregistered)


I'm not sure what the heck is wrong with wp7. Dont understand the hate. Never had an iphone and don't care about that over rated product. Played with android but to me it has a cluncky UI. Then comes wp7. It has large easy to read tiles that are live. Everything about it is easy to use. Easy input, one touch does all. Skydrive is great! All my files on the go. Sure it doesn't have evryting yet, but hey mango is comming. Nokia wp7/8 is coming. Gonna be some juicy stuff this fall.

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