We’re still excited about the Nokia N9 announcement, but another MeeGo device was launched silently today. To aid the speedy development of apps for the Nokia N9 smartphone, Nokia has produced a limited number of developer phones, the Nokia N950. The N950 isn’t available for purchase and can only be obtained through selected developer programs.
We haven’t found any official photos of the Nokia N950 but we suspect it is the same device as the previously leaked Nokia N9 prototype. If you want to develop apps for the Nokia N9, there are currently two places to get the devkit: Nokia Developer Launchpad and the MeeGo Community Device Program. Good luck and tell them @thenokiablog sent you!
UPDATE: The release notes for the Nokia N950 describing hardware and software differences between the Nokia N950 developer phone and the Nokia N9 smartphone is now available for developers. You can download the whole file here, but I’ve highlighted just the hardware aspect.
Nokia N950 phone uses same hardware components as the Nokia N9 phone with the following exceptions:
- N950 is physically larger and is made out of aluminum, whereas N9 has a polycarbonate unibody.
- N950 has a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The N9 is a touchscreen-only device.
- N950 has a 4-inch TFT LCD display whereas N9 has 3.9-inch AMOLED display.
- Display resolution is same on both devices (854×480).
- N950 has a different physical camera module than N9. Both camera modules have very similar image quality (Carl Zeiss branding in N9) and both modules support 8Mpix image mode.
- In the N950 the front facing camera is in top right corner and on N9 it is in the bottom right corner. The actual camera module is same.
- N950 supports Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR, whereas N9 supports version 4.0
- N950 does not have support for NFC
- N950 has 1320mAh battery, the N9 has 1450mAh battery