11 November 2020
HMD Global has remade various old Nokia phones and launched them with modern design and features. It has now been revealed that the team was almost ready to re-launched the iconic Nokia N95 with a new design approach. The revelation was made by well-known YouTuber Michael Fisher aka MrMobile in his latest episode of "When Phones Were Fun" series.
Fisher said he decided to revisit the Nokia N95 for the new episode and when HMD Global came to know about it, they loaned him a Nokia N95 prototype of the remade version. It is a non-functional prototype but gives a good look at what the design and development team was up to. In the first look, the phone appears to be sporting the traditional candy bar design with a cookie-like camera module that resembles the Nokia 3.4.
The "fun" part begins when you slide the prototype from the right side. This reveals a long speaker-grill for a premium audio experience that also houses a wide-angle camera sensor, an ultra-wide-angle camera sensor, and an LED flash. This sliding functionality is similar to what the classic Nokia N95 was capable of. The phone offered an alphanumeric physical keyboard when it slid upwards and exposed music playback controls when slid from the top to bottom.
For the new Nokia N95, the team packed with the rear camera module with a ring that doubles up as a kickstand. This would have been beneficial for various purposes like watching videos and attending a video call. You can refer to the image below to get a better understanding of this particular approach.
Once the video was published, HMD Global's Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas tweeted a few more 'remake' Nokia N95 design sketches and slider types. This suggests that the team was indeed serious about re-launching the Nokia N95 with a new design and functionality. The official sources have not revealed why they decided to scrap the idea altogether or whether there is still a chance we might see the prototype become real in the foreseeable future.
We also explored a wide range of sliding options. Objective was to secure usability in both landscape and portrait as well as comfortable single hand use. How do you like the "angle slider"? 😉 You get into some pretty wild mechanics with some of these pic.twitter.com/HHLdSCD17i— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) November 7, 2020