Video: 17 Minutes with the Nokia N950 (Preview of the MeeGo-Harmattan Developer Device)

| June 30, 2011 | 20 Replies

He’s a hands on with the ‘other’ MeeGo-Harmattan device, the QWERTY keyboard, 12mp sporting Nokia N950. It’s just for developers folks so it’s not something we’ll be seeing any time soon (or at all) unless ‘you know someone who knows someone’. It is somewhat of great frustration for the Maemo fans who have long been expecting a N900 successor, complete with all the N950 goodness of QWERTYkeyboardness.

  • The log in screen of the breathing, pulsing Nokia logo. NICE! Is this a custom boot animation? There’s no Nokia hands.
  • Pinch zooming in multitasker also smooth
  • Gallery opening from camera is nice and quick (was it open already?) It would be nicer and more fitting if it did the Windows Phone action of just swiping the viewfinder to see all your other photos. It’s very natural (and something my friends kept trying to do on N8 after taking a photo and always getting confused)
  • No demo with keyboard (though not much would be seen as landscape view is limited)
  • Ovi Maps panning looks a lot smoother here – with even bouncy kinetic swipes. Even with the 3D stuff.  The first official MeeGo-Harmattan demo with Jussi and N9 was so laggy, and even some later hands on, but this one looks really smooth on N950
  • The allusive facebook. It looks like Kasvopus. Note, you do get facebook in that all in one feed thing at the homescreen.

  • Love what they’ve done with settings (seen before with N9 screenshots)



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Source: NuuNeol (translated)

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  • stylinred

    where oO?

  • larryg968

    The facebook app doesnt work properly. Nokia wtf

    Its one of the few third party apps we have seen so far and it doesnt work properly. I guess this is why the guy did not want to show it in the phonearena hands on.

  • MoritzJT

    What’s the use of demoing a N950 without showing how the apps behave on opened keyboard!?

  • JD!

    Why show a device when people cannot own 🙁

    Some of the actions of Nokia are so ediotic beyond imagination!

    Grrrrr Nokia bring out the N950 for the world!

    • Deep Space Bar

      i know you too i think what they are doing is stupid as well
      make a commercial,show off the device and even promote in a movie but yet don’t mass market it………..FUCKING STUPID

  • Usedtolovemeegoandnokia

    The N950 just went on preorder in my country for €799.

    I can’t imagine how much more they would have wanted for the N950.

    As predicted, Elop is trying to kill the N9 and MeeGo by overpricing it.

    • Harangue

      Are you really under the impression that Elop himself is directly involved with pricing of the N9? (N950 isn’t for sale? Or now all of a sudden is?)

      Nokia has always overpriced their devices, especially with pre-orders. Besides, with a big demand prices can be high since most ‘suckers’ will buy it anyway. If demand is low prices need to be low to shift units.

      This is just business 101. If demand and hype is there, why only have a 10% margin or so if you can also have 50% margin? Stop blaming Elop, this is just Nokia’s money grabbing side at work and that’s all it is.

    • mitun

      which country is n950 available for preorder

      • jim

        He meant the n9 I presume. That is a pretty crazy price tho. The SGS2 is about 600 usd here in Thailand, so unless the n9 is in that ballpark it ain’t gonna sell much (if it is released here at all)

    • Jed

      799 euro? That’s crazy.
      If it goes for similar pricing in other countries it’s not going to stand a chance.

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  • Donovan

    Release Note For Nokia N950 device software (22-6) 21.06.2011


    These release notes is provided to give users and developers information
    on certain differences between N950, including its device software, and
    N9, equally including its device software.

    While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness
    of the notes, we cannot guarantee that we have succeeded in our task and
    thus, these release notes are provided “as is” and without any warranty
    of any kind.

    Further, as N950, including its device software, is not a commercial
    device, the quality and/feature set of N950 is of beta quality and comes
    without any warranty or support whatsoever.

    Finally, when we in these release notes make statements as to the features
    of N9 (e.g. describing differences between N950 and N9), it is not a
    representation that the commercial version of N9 will actually include
    such features.

    © 2011 Nokia Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Nokia N950 phone hardware specification

    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” TFT LCD display whereas N9 has 3.9” AMOLED display.
    Display resolution is same on both devices (854×480). Due to the use
    of different display technologies, developers should avoid one pixel
    with fonts and graphical objects with lines one pixel wide. Also avoid
    the extensive use of bright colors, especially white, when developing
    for OLED displays as this increases the power consumption (typical
    for OLED displays).
    * 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
    * N9 has slightly more sensitive magnetometer and ALS
    * N950 has 1320mAh battery, the N9 has 1450mAh battery

    Nokia N950 device software Beta notes

    * The Nokia N950 phone software is in beta stage and does not represent
    the final quality or feature set which will be available when Nokia N9
    is commercially available.
    * If the device becomes unresponsive you can to perform a hardware reset.
    Press the power key on top of the device and keep it pressed down for
    8 or more seconds
    * Certain types of use may drain the battery faster than normal.
    * Across the UI there are still logical ID’s shown in some languages,
    icons may not be finalized and animations with opening windows are
    * Over-the-Air updates may not be available for the next software version.
    * Gallery application may sometimes display ‘no items’
    * Help (Info buttons) is disabled from this release
    * There are many applications and services which are not available in
    this beta release.
    * Performance of all use cases has not been optimized yet
    * Echo may be heard during some voice calls. This can be eliminated
    by turning speakerphone on and off during the call.
    * Chinese input method is not supported in this Beta release

    * The device may not always see all available WLAN’s (refresh)
    * WLAN data transfer may stall off and on with WPA2/AES encryption.
    * Bluetooth may not work when Device is connected to WAPI AP.
    * The browser is unstable, has known rendering issues with sites.
    The look and feel of the browser is not finalized yet.
    * Using SB and transferring large amounts of data slows down device
    and may long before content shows up in e.g. music player or video

    * USB needs to be in SDK (from Settings->Accessories->USB) before
    connecting to SDK via USB (or use Always ask mode and then selecting
    SDK mode when connecting with USB)

    Copyright (c) 2011 Nokia Corporation. All rights reserved.
    Nokia and Nokia Connecting People are registered trademarks of
    Nokia Corporation.


    • Deep Space Bar

      so what’s stopping them from have the same software as the N9 which is basically complete ?

      • Harangue

        Because the N9 software is the same?

        • Deep Space Bar

          how is it if the dev version has problems

          • Harangue

            A lot of the problems on the list have not had the chance to crop up in the N9.

            BT not working under certain circumstances
            WLAN losing connection
            Battery drain under certain work
            Browser unstable and rendering issues

            I’m not saying the N9 has these problems. But with the relative short hands ontime most have had these problems haven’t had the chance to crop up.

            I hope for the best, because the last thing Nokia needs is another Beta OS. But until the N9 has been in the hands of some people for say 3 weeks you could say it is good and stable or not. Those hands on things say very little. Calls are generally not even made in those things. Browsing is short etc.

            But hey, let’s wait and see. The N9 is for buying people. The 950 for non-payers so problems in that can be expected.

  • sebastian
  • giorgos

    I think that the n9 software will have a lot of bugs even if they blame is ready. I just remember the development of symbian 3…

    • admin

      Sure, both of the platforms are so alike. :-/

  • They might want developers to chalk out these issues and provide inputs to Nokia, make applications which will run on a faulty device so as to overcome any problems on a finished products, work is difficult conditions to get a better product……