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Apple iPhone 5 vs LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison

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Apple iPhone 5 vs LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison
Android's flagship handsets are undoubtedly the specs monsters of the smartphone industry, pushing the limits of chipsets, screen sizes, camera resolutions, and other tangible and easy to compare things every six months or so.

That is why we wanted to see how the newly announced iPhone 5 measures up to the current Android bestseller - the Samsung Galaxy S III - which will be its main competition for a good while, and against the upcoming LG Optimus G monstrosity, the likes of which will be the new iPhone's competition for at least the first half of next year.

Granted, we have much larger screens on those Android handsets, and the three handsets couldn't be more different in terms of design, but they are all outfitted with powerful chipsets with LTE radios, have multicore graphics subsystems, high-resolution screens, and cameras 8MP and above, so all flagship prerequisites are met and even exceeded.

When it comes to design, we have the metal-and-glass body of the new iPhone, the all-plastic polycarbonate construction of the 4.8-incher Galaxy S III, and the exquisite prismatic glass back of the unibody Optimus G handset. Thus, in terms of design, the premium material winners are the iPhone and LG's handset, but if you want a feathery handset with a huge AMOLED display, the Galaxy S III is your thing. Have a gander at the raw specs comparison in the table below, and tell us what you think about those three.

Apple iPhone 5 vs LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison
DesignApple iPhone 5LG Optimus GSamsung Galaxy S III
OSiOS (6)Android (4.0.4)Android (4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UI




Dimensions4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 (131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm)5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)
Weight3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
4.73 oz (134 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
Side KeysLeft: Volume control, OtherLeft: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock keyLeft: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock key
ColorsBlack, WhiteBlack, WhiteBlue, Red, White
Display
Physical size4 inches4.70 inches4.80 inches
Resolution640 x 1136 pixels768 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
326 ppi318 ppi306 ppi
Technology
IPS LCDIPS LCDSuper AMOLED
Battery
Talk time  8.00 hours
the average is 9 h (529 min)
Stand-by time9.4 days (225 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)
 8.3 days (199 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)
Talk time (3G)8.00 hours
the average is 7 h (405 min)
  
Music playback40.00 hours  
Video playback10.00 hours  
Capacity 2100 mAh2100 mAh
Hardware
System chip
Apple A6Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960
Processor
Dual coreQuad core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processorYesAdreno 320Adreno 225
System memory

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes)2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes) / DDR2 (500 MHz)
Built-in storage16 GB32 GB16 GB
Storage expansion  microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
Camera
Camera8 megapixels, Immobile13 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture sizeF2.4 F2.6
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Video stabilizer, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), PanoramaAuto focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure control, ISO control, White balance, Multi shot, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Scenes, EffectsBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Auto focus, Video stabilizer, Face detection, Exposure control, ISO control, White balance, Multi shot, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer
CamcorderYesYesYes
1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
FeaturesVideo callingVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing cameraYesYes1.9 megapixels

Technology
CDMA
800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz900, 2100 MHz850, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE700 MHz Class 13, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz 700 MHz Class 17, 1700/2100 MHz
DataLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Micro SIM nano SIM Yes
Global RoamingYesYesYes
Positioning
A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioningA-GPSGPS, Glonass
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigationTurn-by-turn navigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation, Points of interest (POI)

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posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:52 21

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


no Razr HD's? i'm offended! ;P

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:55 12

9. HTCFreak (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


Please don't kill me slenderman :o... haha ;) and yeah, I don't know why they chose the LG Optimus G instead of the beasty Razr HD

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:16 14

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


*whispers from behind* maybe you should..figure out why they did HTCFreak. ;]

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:26 11

44. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Probably because none of Motos phones have 2gb of ram. If you look at LG and SGS, they both have very similar specs.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:41 4

45. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Razr HD has trade offs such as the bigger batteries and the better build quality which would've been worth a mention here.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:05 5

49. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Battery, yes, quality, hell yes as my Photon 4G has been dropped 20 times and it hasn't broke. But everything else, I don't think so. I will buy a Moto as my next phone IF a new one comes to Sprint. But Motorola hasn't really shown anything worth wild thats better then whats out now.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:50 5

50. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


then apparently wireless reception, build quality, battery life and a near stock experience don't matter to you.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:58 6

52. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


You are a complete DUMB ASS, can you NOT read? I said Moto has great battery life and build quality but everything else is not impressive to what's out now. Also do you not realise that the Maxx phones are Not on other brands besides Verizon, so battery life doesn't apply to me as im on Sprint. When a Maxx moto phones comes to Sprint then you might have something to talk about.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 17:22 4

53. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it doesn't have to be, the Razr HD excels in it's own ways but you act like it's below the SIII because of what the SIII 1-Ups the Razr HD with.

so? i don't care what applies to you. i was just talking about their exclusion from the article which i was hardly even serious about. if you'll notice T-Mobile customers have no reason to even look at this article but i'm sure a few would wonder why the Razr HD wasn't included because even though it's on Verizon it's every bit as high-end as the SIII and the iPhone 5 in it's own important respects. none of them even properly compare to the LG.

don't call me a dumb ass for saying something that's very apparently true.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 17:38 4

54. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


When the hell did I say Motorola Razor HD was a bad phone, again you fail to see what im talking about. I SAID it was probably (PROBABLY) is because the specs between the LG and SGS 3phone are more similar in specs and it could be the reason why the RHD wasn't included. They both have the same amount t of ram (2gb), the RHD DOESNT. I was just saying maybe these were a few reasons why it wasn't included and start a stupid ass argument. Please get off of Motorola's d:ck already.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 17:55 3

55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


all you had to do was leave it alone after i said there were trade offs for the Razr which i just said to back up why i think the Razr HD does deserve to be here, that didn't really call for a come back but you did make a come back saying "But Motorola hasn't really shown anything worth wild thats better then whats out now" and my response to that of course being "then apparently wireless reception, build quality, battery life and a near stock experience don't matter to you." was appropriate. was it not true? was it not true? if you're going to say oh but Motorola hasn't really come out with anything worth while or better than anything else that's out then wouldn't that suggest that the things that set these Motorola devices apart from the competition in fact do not matter to you? so i imply that and then you come back and call me a dumb ass. what's your deal man? i think that was uncalled for and from where i stand you're the one that made this into an argument.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:01 4

60. levvy (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


You are not supposed to be rude here. Its a place of fair discussion, not for fighting each other.pardon me if I'm wrong.
Have a nice day -_*

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:37 3

62. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


talk to him. he called me a dumb ass for no good reason.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 05:48 2

74. Pyoung0560 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


ThebankRobber, Iphone5 dont have 2g ram only 1g. so no excuse so to leave it out

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:55 3

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3360; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It couldn't compare.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:57 11

17. Commentator (Posts: 2350; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It could compare just as easily as the Galaxy S III.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:02 6

21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3960; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Still better than the iPhone 5... God, I was really looking forward to the iPhone 5 too. Disappointed.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 23:51

83. Hemlocke (unregistered)


The iPhone 5 dusts both of those Android devices, so what makes you think a Moto device would fare any better?

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:07

84. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3960; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Because the iPhone 5 doesn't "dust" both of the Android devices pictured in the article above. What makes you think that? The only thing I can think of that the iPhone 5 has over the S4 in the GS3 is graphics, but the Adreno 320 in the Optimus G makes up for that.

Other than that, the Androids win in every aspect. Bigger and better displays, better OS (arguable), cameras should be about equal, and the LG has better build quality than the iPhone or the GS3.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 21:45

85. Hemlocke (unregistered)


The Adreno 320 is not as good as the SGX543MP3. Check your benchmarks. The only thing the SGS3 beats the iPhone in is Geekbench, and it gets beaten in every other bench, and soundly in GPU-intensive benches.

As for better build quality on the LG, isn't that glass like the iPhone 4/4s that everyone always complained about being too fragile? The 5 is a more premium build and sturdy.

No mobile screen has bested the iPhone's screen, yet, so I don't even know where that comes from.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6334/iphone-5-screen-performance

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 01:16 1

88. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3960; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The Adreno 320 beats the SGX543MP4 in the new iPad, so yes it does beat the MP3 in the iPhone.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Snapdragon-S4-Pro-with-Adreno-320-graphics-is-the-first-to-top-the-new-iPads-PowerVR-GPU_id33350

And yes the Optimus G does use glass, but it isn't all glass like the iPhone. And I would imagine LG would've been smart enough to use stronger glass with all the broken iPhones in the world.

I believe the S-LCD2 display is better than the plain LCD IPS display in the iPhone. All Apple did was turn up the brightness a bit and increase the saturation. Even the S-Amoled HD display is better in my opinion because of the contrast.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 06:30

90. Hemlocke (unregistered)


You better go buy the Qualcomm development board that managed the benchmarks you referenced, because the Optimus G doesn't ship over clocked like that.

Better than Gorilla Glass? Good luck with that.

Sorry, I posted actual tests, not opinion. DisplayMate, PCMag, Anandtech, and others disagree with you, as do I, having owned the One X.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 06:53 1

91. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3960; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Overclocked? What reasoning do you have for that?

I've never seen anything official about the iPhone 4 and 4S having Gorilla Glass. It's always; yes, no, kind of, maybe. Some say it is manufactured by Corning but it isn't exactly Gorilla Glass, some say it is Gorilla Glass but they never officially said so. Some people say there are official documents by Apple saying it is Gorilla Glass, but I've never seen any. What I did see is a list of devices with Gorilla Glass, and only the 5 is on there.

Displays are completely subjective (aside from resolution to an extent), and for those sites to make such bold statements in a field that is purely based on opinion is highly unprofessional. Some people like LCD, some people like Amoled. I prefer LCD personally, and I enjoy the S-LCD 2 display on the One X more than I do the display on the iPhone 5. There are some things tests cannot interpret and depend on the personal user, and displays is one of them.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:58 14

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2386; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


dude i guess you're like me...........the xperia line up and Motos Razr line up is the only thing im seein right now!

Xperi V

and

Razr M FTW

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:18 3

37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i am quite curious to see what this LG will bring to the states though. LG may surprisingly leap frog over the big dogs this holiday season with something that is as supposedly beastly as the Optimus G. o:

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:41 3

46. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2386; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


yea it definitely is something to look forward too.....so far the only questions i have about it is....is that 2100 mAh battery good enough for the S4 quadcore? and also will LG be on top of their game as for updates and jus customer service i guess?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:52 2

51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if this sells then LG may be motivated to step up on the updating front and as for power usage it should be around the same since multi-core efficiency and GPU power cancel each other out pretty much.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:53 7

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5625; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The new Android phones are going to run away and hide from the iP5.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:55 9

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5625; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The LG appears to be the first out of the gate with the S4 Pro. I suspect the S4 Pro + JB will be in all of the flagship Android handsets in 2013.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:55 3

10. nitinrana (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Just because you have one doesn't mean you have to act like one...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:57

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5625; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


A bit defensive, are you?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:59 1

19. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


more like run away and laugh

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:11

61. levvy (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Since when ? Surely in your horrible dream of the invasion of Android

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:53 5

3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3960; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The A6 isn't quad-core, is it? And, I would take the LG over both of those. As long as I have the option to root it, and get stock jelly Bean instead of Optimus UI...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:19 2

39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5566; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i would think it's a Quad-Core but i think Apple would've touted that if it were because that would make the iPhone 5 the first phone in the states with a Quad-Core. Apple sure does like to tease the hardware junkies. xD

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:25 2

43. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3960; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That was what I thought, they would have bragged that they had quad-core, like how they bragged with the quad core graphics in the new iPad.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 21:47

86. Hemlocke (unregistered)


It doesn't need to be.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6324/the-iphone-5-performance-preview

Quad-core last-gen isn't in the same game, and the S4 Pro has a comparable CPU, but the GPU is not equal to the performance of the 543MP3.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 05:56

89. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3960; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The Adreno 320 beats the 543MP4, so I think it can stack up quite nicely against the 543MP3.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Snapdragon-S4-Pro-with-Adreno-320-graphics-is-the-first-to-top-the-new-iPads-PowerVR-GPU_id33350

Kind of a given, if one GPU (Adreno 320) beats out another GPU (SGX543MP4); then you take the losing GPU, take away about 25% of its potential performance (543MP3), it's still going to lose. I fail to understand your logic of thinking otherwise.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:53 11

4. nitinrana (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


How can you guys even think of comparing it to SGS3???
Show some respect!!!
iPhone 5 is an epic fail... iFans should be trolled... :D

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:54 6

5. avasponge (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 May 2012)


GALAXY S3 and LG OPTIMUS G are better than iPhone 5

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:54 5

6. imkyle (Posts: 982; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Specs wise the phone is good, but design wise and iOS ... well its getting dated.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:54 3

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Is the phone quad-core or dual-core? PhoneArena.com you guys are posting different stuff!

Here from your site:

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Apple-iPhone-5_id7378

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:56

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5625; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The consensus from the chipset folks is dual core cpu with quad-core gpu.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:01 3

20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2386; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


thats confusing??? dual core and quad core? please explain

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:14 3

32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes they fixed it. FINALLY!!!! lol

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:55 3

11. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


If you don't give much attention to the 1GB ram, the iPhone takes it. I'm positive the camera on it will beat the 13mp one LG has.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:09 5

29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3960; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


In terms of processor, RAM, and display (size and type), the iPhone loses. PhoneArena is contradicting themselves, one article they say the iPhone 5 has a dual-core, another one they say it's quad, another they say the don't know. I'm about 90% it's a 1.2 GHz 32nm dual-core, basically an Exynos 4212, which is beaten by the S4 dual and S4 Pro quad.

Not sure on the GPU though, it might be the same found in the new iPad, which is still beaten by the Adreno 320. Though the camera probably is better than the rest of the competition, except for maybe the latest Xperia phones, and the Lumia 920 of course.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:17

36. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Well if it's dual core, that changes everything. In that case I would definitely agree with you.

I think just like the iPad 3, it's Dual Core with Quad Core graphics.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:21 2

41. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2386; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


xperia line up........moto line up...........and i even like the new lumia 920 over the iphone 5! ........why would i get the iphone 5 again??

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 23:48

59. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


It's not about you only. I want Droids to reach more fame. Right now, weather we like it or not, there's no stopping the iPhone. They filled in all the gaps that the average consumer wanted. Gave the bigger screen, gave the GPS, gave 4G LTE, has a decent battery, great camera.

The Xperia line up, the Moto Line up, really doesn't have much to offer to MOST consumers.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 23:45

58. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


They changed it to dual core lol. WTH PHONEARENA!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 21:50

87. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Are you daft? It's not an A9 Exynos. It is completely custom A15 based, like the Krait. The 4212 and 4412 are just straight, unmodified, reference ARM A9 chips. No magic, no fairy dust, just straight last-gen tech.

The Adreno 320 doesn't beat the new iPad, either. I can show benchmarks to prove my point, but I would be interested to see your sources.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 14:23

92. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3960; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Are you? This was almost a month ago, when next to nothing was known about the chip. I was just speculating of what it might be, considering the fact that the previous generations of Apple's Ax chips were basically re-branded Exynos. Now we know that it is in fact a custom made chip, just manufactured by Samsung.

Are you sure Exynos aren't modified in some way? I thought Samsung did something special, and that's why they always have best in class CPUs, but they were still primarily ARM based.

Also, the A6 isn't A-15 based. It is A-15 class, kind of like how the Krait in the S4 is an A-15 equivalent, but not A-15 based. All of these tech sites that are calling it A-15 have nothing backing that up.

I already went over the Adreno 320 vs. 543MP4 deal with you.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:56 3

13. Djillest (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


S3 is still best for many reasons... Anything the iPhone 5 well do s3 already did and did better...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:25 2

42. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2386; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


yes i agree with you but where the S3 fails is design......apples design is still better than Samsungs......BUT! everything else is much better with the exception of the camera.......which is why i believe the xperia phones (V and TX) has every phone beat as of now........Design wise and Power wise!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:57 4

15. nitinrana (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Some apple sheep is giving thumbs down to every comment... How lame..

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:03 2

22. brar.arsh (Posts: 136; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Need anti Apple Fanboys here.. lol
https://www.facebook.com/arshbrar/posts/10152099308615360?notif_t=feed_comment

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:05 2

24. nitinrana (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Hahahahahahaha... Let me join it... Would be fun...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:07 1

25. brar.arsh (Posts: 136; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Please Join Brother, there are too many I-sheeps out there.. haha

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:05

23. BravoTeam127 (unregistered)


I hate to bring this up, but in reality this LG phone looks a whole lot more like the iPhone than Samsung S line :/

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