Samsung Galaxy Note5

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Specs summary

Screen
5.7"

The Samsung Galaxy Note5's screen is 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.1 GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa core 2.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 1680 minutes (2G), 1680 minutes (3G).



The Samsung Galaxy Note5 looks great and excels at just about everything it does. It has the most polished and well-implemented S Pen features of any Note to date. Power users will love it, even if it’s too pricey at launch.

- Jamison Cush , Brighthand 

The Note 5 is a worthy and exceptionally attractive smartphone upgrade.

- news.com.au team , news.com.au 

Reviews summary

8.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 48 reviews

What's good

  • Bright and sharp display
  • Snappy performance during all tasks
  • Premium build and appearance
  • Excellent picture quality in almost all lighting situations

What's bad

  • Non-removable battery
  • S Pen novelty wears off after a week
  • No SD slot

While other phone manufacturers have turned their nose up at the stylus, Samsung has fully embraced it with their Note5 smartphone. Of course, Samsung knows a thing or two about a stylus smartphone as all their Note models ship with one. Besides this addition, reviewers consider the Note5 the least distinctive in terms of overall design. In fact, many find it practically identical to the Galaxy S6 as it has completely straights sides, flat face and slightly curved rear. At 6 x 3 x 0.3 inches, it definitely is a large device. Still, experts explain it had an overall slim feeling to it thanks in part to a thinner middle and thicker top and bottom edges. In a departure from its older models, Samsung decked out the Note 5 with metal edges and a glass back. Sadly, experts did notice the glass back attracted fingerprints, but add the issue is easily remedied with a quick wipe.

The reason for the Note5's large size is due to the 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display. With a resolution of 1,440 pixels, it offers an incredibly sharp 518 pixels per inch. As expected, reviewers had zero issues with fuzziness or pixelization. As an AMOLED screen, it offered critics crisp whites, deep blacks and vibrant albeit oversaturated colors. They also praise its overall brightness with Engadget stating, "…the screen is an absolute champ under the sweltering summer sun…I had no problem thumbing through…various photo sets."

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To keep the Note5 humming along it is equipped with 4GB of RAM and eight cores: 4 are clocked at 2.1GHz and the other 4 at 1.5GHz. As with other octo-core processors, all eight do not run at the same time. Instead, the more powerful processors only kick in when you use more intensive apps. Reviewers didn't notice any hiccups or lag during basic or advanced tasks and they describe overall performance as "zippy" and "snappy." Despite the Quad HD display and octo-core processor, experts were able to squeeze around 15 hours during their battery draining tests. Of course, this number can change depending on how it is used as things like gaming and connecting to 4G tend to eat up a lot of juice. When you eventually do need a recharge, the Note5 offers two ways to charge – via the standard microUSB or wirelessly through Qi. Unfortunately, the battery is not removable, which turned off some critics. The biggest drawback of the device for many experts is its limited space. It only comes in 32GB or 64GB models with no microSD slot.

The 16MP main camera provided critics with excellent pictures in most lighting situations. Under good lighting, they were able to capture crisp images and fairly accurate color thanks to its fast focus and sensor. Digital Trends did notice oversaturation occasionally, but adds that, "it doesn't happen often…" Under low light situations, experts found the Note5 to beat out even the iPhone 6 providing very little digital noise and plenty of detail.

The most unique part of the Note5 is the S Pen stylus. For ease of access and use, there's a dedicated chute for the pen and instead of pulling it out you simply need to press the end of the stylus to pop it out. For the most part, the stylus acts pretty much the same as previous models with a couple exceptions. One new feature is the addition of the "screen memo off" setting. This allows you to write directly on the screen when your screen is in "off" mode and any notes taken this will are saved in the S Notes app. Once again, you can also write directly on the screen and save the images you create as PNG files. Unfortunately, experts discovered they could not send these via text and instead had to go through several steps in order to SMS their images to friends. While they note it is fun to use the S Pen, they eventually stopped using it after the novelty wore off.

While the Note5 might not be reinventing the wheel, critics believe it is a solid offering for those looking to upgrade. Tech Radar states, "…the Note 5 is still worth the upgrade. The S Pen-compatible phablet is mightier, and is the one Google Nexus and iPhone 6 Plus need to beat." CNET adds, "The Note5 is a terrific device with strengths in its stylus capabilities and flashy design."


Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Trends

The S Pen is still mightier than the edge

from Digital Trends

Samsung is still the king of phablets, but the gap is closing. When it comes to value for money, the Nexus 6P and the OnePlus 3 are tempting alternatives. The S Pen is the Note 5’s killer feature, and the main thing that sets it apart from other big phones like the LG G5 or the iPhone 6S Plus. Note-takers, power users, and artists love the S Pen for a reason: It’s truly fantastic. The Note 5 takes the stylus to the next level, making Samsung’s phablet the best phone for creatives.

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Samsung is still the king of phablets, but the gap is closing. When it comes to value for money, the Nexus 6P and the OnePlus 3 are tempting alternatives. The S Pen is the Note 5’s killer feature, and the main thing that sets it apart from other big phones like the LG G5 or the iPhone 6S Plus. Note-takers, power users, and artists love the S Pen for a reason: It’s truly fantastic. The Note 5 takes the stylus to the next level, making Samsung’s phablet the best phone for creatives.

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Reviewed

Might just be Samsung's best smartphone yet

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Last year Samsung clearly suffered something of a crisis of confidence. While we liked both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4, they felt like uninspired sequels to more innovative products. Though the Note 4 showed some flashes of Samsung’s future direction, this year’s crop—from the S6 to the S6 Edge to the Note 5 and S6 Edge+—is something special.

Though the loss of removable battery and expandable storage is regrettable—especially given the Note 5’s paltry internal storage options—it’s a worthwhile trade-off given the aesthetic and design improvements. The end result is a Note that finally feels like the premium device that it has always been. This is the best that Samsung has to offer, and it's fantastic.

And design flaws aside, the two standout features of the Note 5—its large display and the S Pen—are better than ever. The screen is detailed, bright, and super large, but it’s not so wide that the phone is impossible to hold one-handed. The S Pen once again feels great to use and features like the "Screen Off Memo" are such obviously great ideas that it’s hard to believe they didn't exist already. 

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Last year Samsung clearly suffered something of a crisis of confidence. While we liked both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4, they felt like uninspired sequels to more innovative products. Though the Note 4 showed some flashes of Samsung’s future direction, this year’s crop—from the S6 to the S6 Edge to the Note 5 and S6 Edge+—is something special.

Though the loss of removable battery and expandable storage is regrettable—especially given the Note 5’s paltry internal storage options—it’s a worthwhile trade-off given the aesthetic and design improvements. The end result is a Note that finally feels like the premium device that it has always been. This is the best that Samsung has to offer, and it's fantastic.

And design flaws aside, the two standout features of the Note 5—its large display and the S Pen—are better than ever. The screen is detailed, bright, and super large, but it’s not so wide that the phone is impossible to hold one-handed. The S Pen once again feels great to use and features like the "Screen Off Memo" are such obviously great ideas that it’s hard to believe they didn't exist already. 

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Expert Reviews

Beautiful screen, excellent performance

from Expert Reviews

While the stylus was a nice touch, in our experience you see a lot of people with Note handsets and rarely are they wielding it. The big draw of the Note-series then was its big screen and not it's name-giving pen. That said, it's a pity that Samsung aren't bringing this model to the UK yet, as not everyone is keen on the curved edge display of the Galaxy S6 Edge+.

At this stage, it's hard to score a phone that currently doesn't have a UK price, or indeed a solid UK release date. However, when the Note 5 has so much in common with the Galaxy S6 Edge+, which I think is much more comfortable and easy to hold, the Note 5 doesn’t immediately make me feel like I'm missing out on much. The S-Pen obviously makes it quite different from other smartphones on the market, but unless you're one of its rare devotees, then right now the S6 Edge+ is the much better option. 

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While the stylus was a nice touch, in our experience you see a lot of people with Note handsets and rarely are they wielding it. The big draw of the Note-series then was its big screen and not it's name-giving pen. That said, it's a pity that Samsung aren't bringing this model to the UK yet, as not everyone is keen on the curved edge display of the Galaxy S6 Edge+.

At this stage, it's hard to score a phone that currently doesn't have a UK price, or indeed a solid UK release date. However, when the Note 5 has so much in common with the Galaxy S6 Edge+, which I think is much more comfortable and easy to hold, the Note 5 doesn’t immediately make me feel like I'm missing out on much. The S-Pen obviously makes it quite different from other smartphones on the market, but unless you're one of its rare devotees, then right now the S6 Edge+ is the much better option. 

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G Style Magazine

One of the best smartphones of 2015

from G Style Magazine

Even with its deletion of external storage and swappable batteries, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is still a gem of a phone to use. Its speed and functionality has increased seemingly thanks to these hardware removals and also the additional strengths of RAM and processing power are concerned. Usage of its S-Pen has increased and the Galaxy Note 5 takes some of the best pictures of any smartphone period. It has a premium look, design, and feel to it and can be garnered one of the best smartphones of 2015.

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Even with its deletion of external storage and swappable batteries, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is still a gem of a phone to use. Its speed and functionality has increased seemingly thanks to these hardware removals and also the additional strengths of RAM and processing power are concerned. Usage of its S-Pen has increased and the Galaxy Note 5 takes some of the best pictures of any smartphone period. It has a premium look, design, and feel to it and can be garnered one of the best smartphones of 2015.

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Android Guys

A worthy option

from Android Guys

I really think highly of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in more areas than not. I admire its beauty and think it has incredible hardware specs that set the bar for other manufacturers. Its camera, S-Pen and display are second to none. But Touchwiz and Samsung’s poor record of updating software make me hesitate in recommending this phone to the average consumer. Yet, most will probably prefer the new design over having a removable battery and expandable memory....

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I really think highly of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in more areas than not. I admire its beauty and think it has incredible hardware specs that set the bar for other manufacturers. Its camera, S-Pen and display are second to none. But Touchwiz and Samsung’s poor record of updating software make me hesitate in recommending this phone to the average consumer. Yet, most will probably prefer the new design over having a removable battery and expandable memory.

For die-hard Note fans, I can see most of them sticking with their Note 4 in hopes Samsung will get back to its utilitarian ways and put aesthetics second to function and software updates. I’ve seen more first-time users now though as they simply love the design of the Note 5 and that scares me. It might validate that Samsung was right with putting looks first and they may never get back to what made the original Note series great – complete versatility.

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Tech Advisor

Biggest and beefiest Samsung phone yet

from Tech Advisor

So, what do we think of the Galaxy Note 5? We’re very fond of just about every aspect of the Galaxy Note 5, from its curved and sleek design to its vibrant display and high-resolution camera. It can handle almost anything you can throw at it thanks to its CPU, GPU and 4GB of RAM and we experienced no lag during our testing. The only bad point is that the Note 5 would sometimes falsely detect the S Pen detaching – and to point out such a minor fault says a lot about the quality of the handset. With this being said, we’re both surprised and sad that the Galaxy Note 5 won’t be heading to UK shores any time soon.

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So, what do we think of the Galaxy Note 5? We’re very fond of just about every aspect of the Galaxy Note 5, from its curved and sleek design to its vibrant display and high-resolution camera. It can handle almost anything you can throw at it thanks to its CPU, GPU and 4GB of RAM and we experienced no lag during our testing. The only bad point is that the Note 5 would sometimes falsely detect the S Pen detaching – and to point out such a minor fault says a lot about the quality of the handset. With this being said, we’re both surprised and sad that the Galaxy Note 5 won’t be heading to UK shores any time soon.

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The Indian Express

For those who must jot down everything

from The Indian Express

Buy this phone if you like working on the move and really need a stylus. For those who don’t need a stylus the Note 5 does not offer any particular advantage over the S6 series. This phone is for the compulsive note takers and doodlers. They will adore this phone.

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Buy this phone if you like working on the move and really need a stylus. For those who don’t need a stylus the Note 5 does not offer any particular advantage over the S6 series. This phone is for the compulsive note takers and doodlers. They will adore this phone.

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Talk Android

The best got even better

from Talk Android

The fall season is dominated by Apple introducing the new iPhone and its larger companion. This year is different as Samsung hosted an Unpacked event a few weeks before Apple’s newest handsets were made public, and then released the Galaxy Note 5 right around the same time that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus hit the market. So Samsung is now going against Apple at a time when Tim Cook & Co. are not accustomed to fierce competition early on. Samsung has executed in many areas with the Galaxy Note 5. The design and build quality are first-class and every component is as high-end as possible. Samsung has created an absolute monster that will likely remain the best Android phone until next spring….. when Samsung releases the Galaxy S7. Until another company steps forward, Samsung will be the sole dominant force year-round to face Apple.

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The fall season is dominated by Apple introducing the new iPhone and its larger companion. This year is different as Samsung hosted an Unpacked event a few weeks before Apple’s newest handsets were made public, and then released the Galaxy Note 5 right around the same time that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus hit the market. So Samsung is now going against Apple at a time when Tim Cook & Co. are not accustomed to fierce competition early on. Samsung has executed in many areas with the Galaxy Note 5. The design and build quality are first-class and every component is as high-end as possible. Samsung has created an absolute monster that will likely remain the best Android phone until next spring….. when Samsung releases the Galaxy S7. Until another company steps forward, Samsung will be the sole dominant force year-round to face Apple.

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Digit

Best in class performance

from Digit

With the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has completed the transformation it started with the Galaxy S6 this year. The phone is a combination of power and design, and not many would deny that the phone looks good and performs well. It’s pure style, combined with good performance. The only real hitch is that a phone this expensive shouldn’t be prone to falling out of your hand. If you’re looking for a flagship phablet, then this is still the one to buy though.

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With the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has completed the transformation it started with the Galaxy S6 this year. The phone is a combination of power and design, and not many would deny that the phone looks good and performs well. It’s pure style, combined with good performance. The only real hitch is that a phone this expensive shouldn’t be prone to falling out of your hand. If you’re looking for a flagship phablet, then this is still the one to buy though.

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NDTV

Classing it up

from NDTV

The 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 retails for Rs 53,900, which makes it better value compared to its curved-screen sibling. Plus, you get the useful stylus which will add more value to your life as compared to a curved screen. The Galaxy Note 5 is a very good iterative upgrade over previous Galaxy Note models, and if you're in the market for a phone with a stylus, this is your best bet. However, should you ditch your Note 4 for the Note 5? Certainly not. Samsung has made some very good improvements such as the stronger aluminium body, more powerful processor, improved S Pen features, but has also cut down on a couple of important ones along the way....

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The 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 retails for Rs 53,900, which makes it better value compared to its curved-screen sibling. Plus, you get the useful stylus which will add more value to your life as compared to a curved screen. The Galaxy Note 5 is a very good iterative upgrade over previous Galaxy Note models, and if you're in the market for a phone with a stylus, this is your best bet. However, should you ditch your Note 4 for the Note 5? Certainly not. Samsung has made some very good improvements such as the stronger aluminium body, more powerful processor, improved S Pen features, but has also cut down on a couple of important ones along the way.

You forfeit the luxury of expanding the onboard storage, there's no IR blaster, and the battery is a bit smaller (although that doesn't seem to impact real-world usage by much). You'll also have to be extra careful while re-inserting the S Pen as placing it the wrong way could cost you dearly.

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Sndaysnipr

Nice phone but...

The phone has been great for 5 months and boom I keep receiving the VR game start up. I've learned it's from the charge area having an issue. Now my phone doesn't want to charge. Off to the At&t store I go.


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date August 21, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa core 2.1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.14 W/kg
Body: 1.27 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Stylus, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 900 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 780 minutes
3G Surfing Time 660 minutes
4G Surfing Time 780 minutes
Talk Time 1680 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1680 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 171 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 518 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Metering, Exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy Note 5

S Pen Optimized Features: Air Command (Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip, Screen Write), S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input

Additional Sensors: Barometer

Additional Features: ANT+, Multi Window
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