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Nokia X7 Review

Nokia X7 5

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Interface and Functionality:

The traditional Symbian^3 interface has been given an overhaul in Anna including a brand new set of icons which freshen up the platform and real-time switching between home screens, which basically means that you can gradually scroll to the next home pane with the content moving along with your finger. In previous editions of Symbian, scrolling left or right in the home screen also brought up a transitional animation, but you couldn't only gradually scroll to peek at the next screen for example without actually completing that transition.

The traditional Symbian^3 interface has been given an overhaul in Annaincluding a brand new set of icons - Nokia X7 Review
The traditional Symbian^3 interface has been given an overhaul in Annaincluding a brand new set of icons - Nokia X7 Review
The traditional Symbian^3 interface has been given an overhaul in Annaincluding a brand new set of icons - Nokia X7 Review
The traditional Symbian^3 interface has been given an overhaul in Annaincluding a brand new set of icons - Nokia X7 Review

The traditional Symbian^3 interface has been given an overhaul in Anna
including a brand new set of icons

That's just eye candy, but its not only the visuals that have been improved. Code optimization in Anna brings faster performance, along with novelties like a portrait QWERTY keyboard and an improved browser. The portrait QWERTY is simple yet convenient with the only major difference with other platforms being the positioning of the numbers which appear in three rows instead of just one upper row. To our relief, typing on the full portrait QWERTY in Anna is much faster than using the numeric keypad in previous Symbian editions, so finally, the portrait QWERTY is a welcome addition, but one long overdue.

Anna brings novelties like a portrait QWERTY keyboard - Nokia X7 Review
Anna brings novelties like a portrait QWERTY keyboard - Nokia X7 Review

Anna brings novelties like a portrait QWERTY keyboard

Under the hood, the Nokia X7 runs on a 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU with only 256MB of RAM. This is enough for the interface to run fairly smoothly, but occasionally it stutters and you can definitely notice how that lag affects the overall performance.

Messaging - Nokia X7 Review


The contacts and messaging applications remain similar to those in previous editions of Symbian. Quick dial works like a charm and you have a practically unlimited phone book. The calendar application has been redesigned to show a dual-pane view with the calendar of the month on the left and all your meeting on the right. You can also pinch to zoom into weekly view and double tap to go even deeper and look at your daily schedule.

Mail - Organizer apps of the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Calendar - Organizer apps of the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review



Organizer apps of the Nokia X7

So while Symbian has been given a facelift, it is still a maze at its core. The inconsistency of the platform is nothing surprisingly new, but we can't overlook the fact that often even in preinstalled programs you reach a dead end with no way to go back. We can't deny Symbian's even richer functionality with the Anna update, but when it comes at the cost of the same old constant system notifications popping up from all sides, a confusing organizational structure and some lag, the end result is largely the same – a feeling of disappointment and outdatedness.

Camera and Multimedia:

The Nokia X7 comes with an 8-megapixel fixed-focus camera with dual-LED flash. You can easily operate it with the physical shutter key on the right and if we have to sum up its performance in one word, that would be speed. The shutter button however is located on a slope on the back making it hard to reach, but once you do reach it, the camera reacts extremely quickly. That's mostly due to the fact that it doesn't take those extra fractions of a second to focus, which in turn allows you to fire the camera right away when you feel like it. But at the same time, fixed-focus means no macro shots as the sensor automatically puts everything further away then 20 inches in focus, but the rest within that range appears blurry.

Camera interface - Nokia X7 Review
Camera interface - Nokia X7 Review
Camera interface - Nokia X7 Review
Camera interface - Nokia X7 Review
Camera interface - Nokia X7 Review
Camera interface - Nokia X7 Review
Camera interface - Nokia X7 Review
Camera interface - Nokia X7 Review

Camera interface

Overall, however, we find the quality of the image stills on the Nokia X7 below average - decently detailed and moderately sharpened, but colors seemed washed out and in most (if not all) cases the sensor picked up side light and ended up with pale images. When it comes to the camera interface, you're treated with plenty of options including scene modes, face detection, self-timer and color tones. You can even set the white balance and ISO light sensitivity, as well as the contrast and sharpness of pictures. The X7 supports up to 2x digital zoom. Unfortunately, the handset comes with no front-facing camera.

Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7 - Nokia X7 Review

Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X7

Strong - Indoor samples - Nokia X7 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia X7 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Nokia X7 Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Nokia X7 Review



Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples

The 680MHz processor allows recordings of up to 720p HD videos running at 25fps. The sample footage we recorded had the same issues with washed out colors as in the stills, but it's the skipped frames that bothered us more. Switching to the video recorder, you end up with a similar alas shorter set of options, but it's the quality of the footage that matters the most. If you don't set the bar too high, the Nokia X7 offers average video quality at best. But it did surprise us with the 3x digital zoom feature. When getting up close, the picture initially looks pixelized, but after a second or two it smooths out the image and makes it much more pleasant. Nicely done, Nokia!

Nokia X7 Sample Video:

Nokia X7 Indoor Sample Video:

Just like the N8, the Nokia X7 sports capable image and video editing tools. For stills, you can crop, rotate, add frames, text and some basic effects, while for videos you can stack up a couple of clips and add transitions and music for some home-baked videos.

The spacious 4-inch screen with its vivid colors is the perfect tool for watching videos. The built-in movie application plays back MPEG-4 and DivX/Xvid encoded files out of the box – pretty much everything you need. We managed to run files encoded at up to 720p smoothly. Combined with its support for microSD cards of up to 32GB (the X7 comes with an 8 gig card), the phone will easily entertain you on the go.

When it comes to audio quality, you'd be wowed with the amazing loud and clear sound of the stereo speakers located at the bottom of the Nokia X7. The music application hasn't changed much in Symbian Anna, but with album art, which you can flick through, it didn't have dire need to as it looks good visually. Along with standard file support, the handset also comes with Stereo FM radio with RDS.

Video editor - Music player - Nokia X7 Review
Music player - Nokia X7 Review
Music player - Nokia X7 Review
Music player - Nokia X7 Review

Video editor


Music player

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posted on 20 Jun 2011, 09:54 2

2. sinple (unregistered)

the review is a bit biased.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 10:21 5

3. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

Seriously? A 5 out of 10? You can at least give it a 6 or 7 out of respect dude. That Nokia hatin' is pretty much obvious in this one. I know the review is subjective to the reviewer's opinion. But seriously? A 5?

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:10 1

16. Jack95 (unregistered)

Hey dude do you know how much does it costs the price is higher than an cool Android device hahaha Nokia are losers now because Androd is the KING . Just because Nokia can't use Android cause "they are special" (but they are not) HAHAHA losers.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 16:25

27. alec (unregistered)

you release giving a phone a higher review out of respect is incredibly biased right

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 10:59 5

5. Piotrek007 (Posts: 112; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

LOL !! 5/10 ?? Who the hell made this review ?? =\

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 10:59 5

6. aamir-250 (unregistered)

hmmmmmm, 5 on 10 this is not fair ,,, phonearena

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 07:40 1

24. alec (unregistered)

so were you just blown away by the 640 mhz processor or was it the 320x640 resolution or the $650 price tag that just blew you away

nokias dead get over it

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 16:36 1

43. kastor (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

yes,640 mhz processor,but iron made,best navigation on phones and lot of it what only nokia can do!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:12 2

7. xenover (Posts: 174; Member since: 27 May 2011)

I think it deserves it.
s**t of a phone.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:14

8. NokTokDaddy (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 May 2010)

Never take one review site's verdict as the Last Word...

Readers of Nokia products on this site would be best served to follow sites like All About Symbian or even Engadget (Myriam Joire knows a good device when she sees one, as does her now-ex colleague Chris Ziegler)

All things in balance...

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:21

9. Josh (unregistered)

Are y'all forgetting that it is mid 2011? These specs would suck last year. And it's not that these are just numbers to brag about when they really effect the performance. If you're upset cuz you're a Nokia fan wait until their windows 7 phones come out. The actual desgin looked cool tho. That's bout it.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:35 1

10. A (unregistered)

some1 else should do over this review, this dude is really baised!!!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:40

11. ps (unregistered)

"most resent tasks" cmon those are things u have runnin simultaneously. Wierd to keep 9 applications running at the same time and complainin about small lag...

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:41 1

12. Alinda (unregistered)

I can't blame the reviewer because he has been spoiled by the Apple & Android experience. Phonearena is not the only one harsh to Nokia, just wait what TrustedReview & Mobilechoice UK have to say when they review X7. Even when harshly criticized, I doubt Nokia engineers will listen. They will defend the full focus camera no matter what.

After being Nokia user for as long as I can remember, come Wednesday I'm jumping ship. I'm getting a Samsung Galaxy S2 - there you go Nokia, you just lost a customer.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:43

23. vinay kumar (unregistered)

You are right,they have to get powerful hardware with more ram,probably the chances are more to fight the competition.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 17:37

42. pipo (unregistered)

Good luck with your samsung Galaxy S2. It doesn't do full 2-way recording out of the box. Like ANY serious communication tool should do these days. It doesn't play xvids with subtitles without additional software. It doesn't sync with your tried and trusted Outlook. Oh, and don't forget to get that hefty data-plan when using Google Maps to find your way around. BTW, could you tell me how you can use the adresses from within your contacts as a navigation-pointer. I know in Symbian I just tap the address and it'll insert it into ovi-maps.

Oh and good luck when Sams**t decides that you don't need any ICE Cream upgrades and you need to resort to jailbrea... I mean "rooting" your device.


posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:53 3

13. John (unregistered)

Honestly Victor H. i really hope you get shot or get fired. You make the stupidiest reviews in the world. 5/10? Do you even know how to work a phone? Even MobileSyrup is a better website then this phonearena s**t. I am actually emailing Nokia & the staff member of PhoneArena showing them how This so called " Reviewer" does not know anything about phone what so ever.

Hey Victor just a question. How much do you get paid? Oh wait you are reviewing a phone from a company that makes millions & even billions & you are making what? Thats right nothing. I really hope that staff do something about this tool.

Watch he will delete all teh comments before staff can see & claim that they never were written to save his ass. Just remember Victor something called PRINTSCREEN. Can not wait too see what staff & staff from Nokia have to say about this. Goodluck you will need it :)

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 11:43

33. Hạnh Dzuy (unregistered)

Calm down. You are the one who marketing for Nokia or what? I can see this review is quite fair. I myself like this design a lot and when come to the resolution and proscessor I totally pissed off. Speak frankly, do you think 360x640 and 680Mhz is competitive information? And even 1300mA battery is not standard anymore. I am sometimes dissapointed with some PA review, but not this one.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 12:24 3

14. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

This is why I always say that "Gsmarena" is the best website when it comes to reviews. I don't really think that phones should be rated by numbers, but then again if you guys would like to see an exellent and "well made" review just go to Gsmarena.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 12:44 2

15. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Wow! The E7 and N8 gets an 8.5 and this has better spec but gets a 5? Phonearena your turning into bullsh_t. Just because it cant do what your iphone can. News flash its iphone cant do what Nokia x7 does.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 13:02 1

35. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

You're an idiot. When the e7 was released there werent many dual core phones around and so the expectations were lower. the X7 comes into a very different market where it must compete with the best of Sammy and HTC with the same features the N8 was released with 8 months ago. what makes it worse is that Nokia has decided to price it to compete with mid-high range droids where its only saving grace it its screen quality. and build quality

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:16 1

17. mrcrangle (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)

I'm not going to rush out and buy a Symbian phone these days but 5/10 is an outrageous score that makes me doubt the objective nature of the review. With such negative reportage from sites like this, Nokia's demise will become a self-fulfilling prophecy and that can only be bad news for competition in the mobile phone industry. Phonearena, you should be ashamed of yourselves...

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 14:26

18. Seylan (unregistered)

After the good reviews of the N8, E7 and some other devices, you give a bad one like this?
K, I understand, the X7 doesn't have a high-screen resolution, a dual-core cpu, 1gb ram, auto-focus and a few other things, but then again, MANY phones can't do what the X7 does best.
The camera is actually quite good, I have checked alot of sample shot from other sites.you have to get use to it. It takes time and practice, and me, a E7 owner, is more than satisfied with the results. And HD video recording is really good! My E7, which doesn't have Anna, is fairly fast in performance. I hardly ever experience a problem, and 256mb ram is more than enough! Remember, this is a smartphone, its not trying to be a pc/tablet. This is clearly a biased review. The X7 deserves a good 7. 5? never.
I can't wait to see your faces when Nokia reveals the N9 and other super-phones.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:00 1

19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Yea I don't care much for Brokia but even I have to say this phone deserves way more than a 5. In the review, the phone looked very much managable. Yes the price is high but most GSM unlcoked phones are. I will admit, I would buy a unlocked Samsung Galaxy S2 and pay 200 more than buy this any day. However I still believe it deserves a much higher score.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:32

20. box (unregistered)

I agree, this should have gotten a 6 or 7, if only because of build quality, reception, big screen, and design. The lack of the Super Black screen is disappointing, as is the camera review and "digital sounding" voices, but all else being equal, this should be up there with the N8 and E7: not as good, but a decent alternative, and a good choice for the hundreds of millions of Symbian users out there looking for a newer, more engaging experience

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:48

25. Nuadar (unregistered)

Get over it...this is really poorly designed phone...specs would be bad even last year, system is horrible, its really tiring to hold, unergonomic, slots for cards are really stupid too...totally giving it 4-5 points

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 15:10

26. pirate_777 (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Feb 2010)

I bought this phone today, and it is AMAZING, best Symbian device up till now ! touchscreen is amazing and the UI is so good, it feels premium and an amazing phone as much as its a smart phone, loud and clear voices plus a very loud speaker. It has a better web browser so people will like it over the Symbian^3 and i like the new keyboard it feels nice with the haptic feedback.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 22:40

28. NokiaFan (unregistered)

This reviewer so so f**king bias its not even a joke. He always has negative things to say about Nokia and positive things to say about Android and/or iOS. I know everyone's entitled to their opinion but i honestly think this person is a huge Nokia hater. How the hell can you give this phone 5/10. Are you f**king insane? I can just imagine the negative things he will say about the Nokia N9 running MeeGo Os, when he reviews it. This reviewer should be replaced by someone who is unbiased. Someone who can appreciate the little things each smartphone/smartphone OS has to offer.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 04:10 1

29. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

I have an N8 which I love. It's a fantastic device in so many respects. However, the X7 is somewhat conflicted IMO, given today's market. Nothing really stands out beyond the fantastic build quality...but this should be a defining advantage once the rest of the package has claimed relevance. For the price, the camera is not suitable. EDoF should be limited to 6 series devices and below. It's a great tech for the vast majority of users...but for premium devices its simply not competitive (i.e. for business card scanning, macro). I'm not really bothered by the ARM 11 processor, having experienced its performance when properly matched to the overall phone. It's very good with an excellent GPU to boot. However, it falls short in 2011 against single and dual core 1Ghz monsters. That being said, my N8 easily goes 1.5 days with normal/moderate use and averages 3.7 full charges over an entire week. I listen to podcasts in the car with bluetooth and connect to wifi when at home and in the office, so "moderate use" seems justified. The X7's beautiful AMOLED is also hampered by the 360x640 resolution. IMO this nHD rez is fine for a 3.5 inch screen...but not above that dimension. No FM transmitter, no replaceable/removable battery capability, no HDMI out, no front facing camera. Frankly, the N8 is a much better purchase at similar pricing. That being said, a 5 out of 10 seems dramatic for such a device. 6/10 would be more like it IMO...especially since the price will quickly moderate down to a more suitable point once in firmly the channel(s).

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 02:36

30. i hate phone arena (unregistered)

phone arena is stupid s**t.
Bunch of dumb asses blinded by 8.6mm,seriously under 12 mm is also thick,seriously guys,see ur waistline and tell that.
Here's an OS that manages to run at 680 mhz nd still provide all de fancy transitions,show me one android fone run so smoothly at 680 mhz nd 256 mb ram.
Do a proper review not like some jackass paid you to say nokia sucks.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 03:55

31. xy (unregistered)

I read the review and thought to myself: wow, this review is really giving the X7 a fair break. Having used the device I would have criticized it much more harshly. I have mainly used Symbian phones from year 2002 and only switched away from them last year when it became clear that Symbian simply wasn't going to survive against Android and iOS.

Then I read the comments and didn't know if I should laugh or cry. You people honestly think the reviewer is biased AGAINST Nokia when he is clearly illustrating all the undeniable problems with the device and still finding many positive things to say?

The fact of the matter is that in its current state the X7, or any other Symbian phone for that matter, has absolutely no benefits when compared to a similarly priced Android device. Symbian is outdated in every way: the browser in Anna is still horrible, the interface and menus are convoluted and illogically arranged, there are stutters, monents of unresponsiveness and even crashes all the time etc. etc. The hardware is similarly outdated: the CPU is slow, display resolution is sub par, even the EDOF camera is only ok.

In the end users don't care about the operating system or the specs. They care about what they can do with their phone. With a 400 - 500 € Android device they can make calls, send texts and e-mails, browse the web, play games, take pictures and video, browse maps etc. etc. just as well, an in many ways much more easily, than on a Symbian phone. What reason does a buyer have to choose a Nokia over any similarly priced Android phone? Besides the free navigation, absolutely none. Especially when it is clear that new apps for Symbian will not be developed. It is a dead platform still taking a few steps before disappearing into oblivion.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 16:40

32. DarkLord (unregistered)

Where did u get that price tag??

In India, the phone is launced at Rs.22k.. thats sub 450$....

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 13:19

34. AAA (unregistered)

Well, one of the cons listed was the price. Is it more expensive in Western countries?
X7 is retailing for MYR1,360 in Malaysia, around USD455. That's Nokia Authorized Center's price, it's MYR100 cheaper in regular handphone shops.
The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is going for MYR2099. So is SE Xperia Arc. Blackberry Torch, which is often compared to Nokia E6, MYR1,999.

Whenever all the sales people & review sites rage on the great benefits of Andriod phones & how Symbian is inferior, I'll be asking/thinking "How much?" .....For $700 to $900 more, of course Android is better,lol.
True, end users dont care that much on specs. My 1st Nokia phone lasted 7 to 8 years. 2nd= 5 years, while my Samsung, konked out by 2nd year.

So,in my part of the world, a 5 for a device costing $500 less, a tad harsh.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 01:44

36. canuck phone user (unregistered)

I feel bad for you all cross the pond. I only had to pay $299 (£184) for my x7 on pay as you go here in canada. For this pricetag, it is a pretty sweet phone. Getting a 5 is pretty harsh, but it is the reviewers opinion, you dont have to read it.

As for me, i have had a iphone, iphone 3gs, samsung spica, htc legend, a lg optimus and numerous other phones before and they each had their benefits and flaws.

The iphones are good gadgets, but there are way too many 'protections and restrictions' on its media usage. I felt like a cash cow constantly feeding money to it. Come seriously, you have to pay to upgrade the ios so your apps would work properly.

ANDROID, love it. However, the phones tend to bring down really easy.


posted on 28 Jul 2011, 21:28

37. so expensive low-end phone (unregistered)

eeeww, so expensive low-end phone!

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 01:54

38. doniraf (unregistered)

despite the poor ovi collections of apps, this phone is awesome! brilliant design, nice material, perfectly built.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 06:00

39. butthead2001 (unregistered)

i bought this phone coz its only 30 bucks with a 2 yr plan (no data) very cheap and for the Free gps...anything else that comes with it is extra and I am impress....sometimes its not just the faster processor that wins....if u want free gps turn by turn...try it...u might like it. saves $$$ too. 5 out of 10 is quite bad ...i think this guy likes to compare phones rather than look at the features...oh well.. another la di da.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 00:43

40. nagendra (unregistered)

Prize kati ho ne

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 04:53

41. kanika (unregistered)

good services provded by nokia

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 04:45

44. anraghfrank (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Yea ryt. These people are used to iOS and Android so they think Symbian is crap. X7 is one of the best. Also u can get rid of Anna and get Belle now. And blaming the 657mhz...then go buy a laptop and solve the issue. X7 is darn nice and awsome. I'd recomnd to buy it.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 09:19

45. hqsoft (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

I'm a developer and now the X7 with Belle is the best for me.
The Symbian can do more with lower hardware resources than Android can do.
Because Andriod just an emulator running on linux.

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:07

46. kastor (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

this is perfect phone coz of it made of metal

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 05:56

47. aangakrom (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

hello. would you like to buy my x7 IDR 1.500.000 contact my email aang_akrom@yahoo.co.id or call 083821299259

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Nokia X7

Nokia X7

OS: Symbian Belle Anna
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Display4.0 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (184 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Single core, 680 MHz, ARM11 processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.71 x 2.47 x 0.47 inches
(119.7 x 62.8 x 11.9 mm)
5.15 oz  (146 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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