Quite a while ago, a Nokia device that was spotted running MeeGo had a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and many people had speculated it to be the Nokia N9. But since Nokia announced the Nokia N9 this week, it clearly wasn’t the same phone spotted last year. Fortunately, we now have the answer.
According to the Nokia Developer website, the phone in question is known as the N950. It is pretty much the same as the N9, with some differences in the build. Firstly, the N950 is a developer-only device. Regular consumers won’t be able to purchase it from outside dev channels (unless someone decides to put one up on eBay).
The N950 is physically larger than the N9, with a 4″ display (as opposed to the N9’s 3.9″ but they both share the same resolution), an aluminum body (the N9 is made out of polycarbonate), it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (the N9 has none), they both have different 8-megapixel cameras (although they have similar image quality), the front facing cameras are in different places on both devices even though they are the same (N950 is top right corner, N9 is bottom right corner), the N950 only supports Bluetooth 2.1+EDR while the N9 supports 4.0, the N950 does not have NFC support and it has a smaller battery than the N9 (1320mAh vs. 1450mAh).
Now that the mystery is solved, I guess we won’t have to wait in anticipation for the physical keyboard MeeGo phone from Nokia. But how many of you would have preferred the option of having a slide-out QWERTY keyboard?