So the N9 has arrived in the real world, packing MeeGo - as we all suspected that it would. But hang on, that's not the device that we'd all envisioned based on the pictures of the silver QWERTY-slider device that had been doing the rounds.

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So what of that device, what the heck was it if not the N9?

Well, chances are that it was, in fact, the Nokia N950 - which the Finnish phone giant has announced with a whisper. No fuss, no post on the Nokia blog - just an entry on the Nokia developers site.

And therein lies the answer - for the MeeGo touting N950, which boasts the same 1GHz OMAP3630 processor and PowerVR SGX530 graphics as the N9, isn't likely to come to market and is instead a device for developers to hone their MeeGo skills on.

According to the release notes, the N950 "is not a commercial device, the quality and/feature set of N950 is of beta quality and comes without any warranty or support whatsoever".

It has roughly the same spec sheet as per its N9 MeeGo brethren bar a physical slide-out QWERTY, a slightly larger screen at 4-inches (the N9 is 3.9-inches) but with the same 854x480 resolution - albeit a TFT rather than AMOLED display - a slightly different camera and a different version of Bluetooth.

There's also no NFC support on the N950 and a slightly less powerful battery.

As mentioned, it's not likely to come to the mass market and pricing and availability for developers is still unclear.

Update: The pictured device definitely is the N950, proof in the Accuweather demo video below:

UPDATE 2: UK operator 3's product manager has tweeted that he has a Nokia N950 complete with picture of the new phone. It's black and featured below.

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