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  • Nokia C20 Plus with Android Go & 4950mAh Battery (Priced CNY699)

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    HMD Global, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, has come up with a Plus variant to its budget handset Nokia C20. In similar lines, it boots Android 11 Go Edition.

    Considering the budget tag, the Nokia C20 Plus is powered by Unisoc SC9863A SoC. Sporting a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD screen, the Plus variant packs 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. One can add extra storage up to 256GB using a microSD card.

    On the optics front, there’s an 8MP primary and 2MP depth sensor. It also houses a waterdrop notch for the 5MP selfie camera.

    Face Unlock, No Fingerprint Reader:

    If you are looking for a fingerprint reader, then you’ll be disappointed as it doesn’t have an inbuilt one. However, it is equipped with Face Unlock for biometric unlocking.

    Though there’s nothing great about the specs, the Nokia C20 Plus is made strong and sturdy using a one-piece polycarbonate shell. The 3D corrugated design makes it appealing.

    Powered by a mammoth 4950mAh battery along with a 10W micro USB port, the Nokia C20 Plus is a powerhouse that can stay with you easily for 2 days. On the connectivity front, it gets a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.

    Will You Consider Nokia C20 Plus?

    As said earlier, the Nokia C20 Plus runs the Android 11 Go Edition. Starting June 16th, one can grab the Plus variant at an affordable price tag of CNY699 ($110/€90).

    Will you be interested in this Chinese launch? I mean, should the Indian market get this Nokia C20 Plus. If this is priced less ₹6000, then one can expect some market otherwise it would be quite disappointing.

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  • Spectra Broadband Offers 250Mbps Speed at Just ₹999 (Is it the Best?)

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    Shyam Spectra broadband internet services are also known as Spectra is a popular ISP offering services in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Noida and Pune.

    Interestingly, Spectranet offers better broadband plans when compared to market leaders like Reliance JioFiber and Airtel Xstream. Though this Gurgaon-based broadband service provider has launched its FTTH services in September 2017, it is yet to show its true potential.

    Shyam Telecom Rebranded as Spectra:

    After rebranding itself as Spectra, the Shyam Telecom Ltd group made good advances by offering fibre-optic broadband services to residential and enterprise customers.

    Starting with 250Mbps speed, Spectra offers truly economical plans to its customers. As said earlier, Spectra offers better plans when compared to its rivals.

    Spectra ₹999 Broadband Plan:

    The most popular plan in Spectra’s kitty is ₹999. The AirMesh Lite ₹999 offers 250Mbps internet speed at just ₹999 per month. As per the plan, there’s no FUP limit on data usage. It’s truly an unlimited plan.

    The subscriber gets a dual-band Wi-Fi router for free. This remains more or less the same with all the ISP’s in the market. Some charge a monthly rental for it while others take a minimum commitment.

    The only disadvantage of considering Spectra is its installation charge. One needs to shell out ₹1000 as the installation charges. Considering the GST, a new customer has to pay a total of ₹4359.

    This initial upfront ₹4359 payment includes 1-month ₹999 rental, ₹1000 installation charge, ₹360 GST, and ₹2000 refundable security deposit. As the company is providing a dual-band Wi-Fi router, it is forced to accept ₹2000 as a refundable security deposit.

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    What’s the Best Broadband Plan Under ₹1000?

    If you don’t have any problem with the initial ₹4359 payment, you get to enjoy an unlimited internet experience at 250Mbps. This is far ahead when compared to Airtel Xstream Fiber and JioFiber speeds that are limited to 200Mbps and 150Mbps respectively.

    Not just in terms of speed alone, Spectra offers truly unlimited data whereas the leading ISP providers limit their data usage to 3.3TB. If browsing high-speed internet is your criteria, then Spectra fits your bill. Otherwise, stay away.

    Why I said, “Stay away”? This is because it doesn’t provide any OTT benefit. This makes Reliance and Airtel value picks. When you don’t have over-the-top (OTT) content to watch, then what’s the use of having unlimited data?

    If OTT benefit is the main preference, then JioFiber is the best one to choose. Moreover, there is no free voice calls benefit in Spectra, leaving JioFiber as the most preferred choice for the best broadband plan under ₹1000.

    So, what is your opinion on the plans offered by Spectra broadband? Share your thoughts.

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  • Tecno Spark 7 Pro Debuts with Helio G80 & Triple Camera (Priced ₹9999)

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    Shenzhen-China based Tecno Mobile has come up with a new handset in Tecno Spark 7 lineup. The latest Tecno Spark 7 Pro gets a 90Hz refresh rate for its 6.6-inch HD+ screen.

    The main USP of the Tecno Spark 7 Pro smartphone is a 90Hz refresh rate accompanied by a touch sampling rate of 180Hz. As it is backed by Transsion Holdings, Tecno Mobile has got a good financial backup.

    With MediaTek’s Helio G80 chipset and 5000mAh battery, Tecno Spark 7 Pro will definitely have a good push in the budget handset segment.

    Tecno Spark 7 Pro Full Specifications:

    Specs-wise, the Tecno Spark 7 Pro sports a 6.6-inch HD+ screen with 720x1600 pixels resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. There’s a punch-hole selfie camera on the top left corner.

    Powered by MediaTek’s octa-core Helio G80 chipset, the handset comes in 2 memory variants – 4GB and 6GB RAM. It boards 64GB internal memory that can be expandable up to 512GB using a microSD slot.

    On the optics front, there’s a triple camera setup on the rear comprising a 48MP primary lens, followed by a 2-MP depth sensor and an AI lens. Interestingly, there’s a quad-LED flash at the rear.

    For selfies, there’s an 8-MP camera with dual flash support.

    On the connectivity front, the Tecno Spark 7 Pro supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, GPS, and micro-USB. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack support as well.

    The Tecno Spark 7 Pro handset boots the latest Android 11 built on its own HiOS 7.5 skin. As the handset has got a large 5000mAh battery, there’s nothing to worry at least for a day or more.

    Price & Competition:

    As it’s a budget handset, the Tecno Mobile will get a lot of competition in the Indian market. It is nothing wrong to say that the Indian mobile handset is dominated by the likes of Redmi, Poco, Realme and Samsung (to a certain extent) in the budget category.

    Currently, the main contenders in this budget segment are Poco M3, Moto E7 Plus, Realme Narzo 30A, Realme C25, and Samsung Galaxy M12.

    With aggressive pricing of ₹9,999, the Tecno Spark 7 Pro is a good option to consider. If you are looking for a 6GB RAM variant, then one needs to spend an extra 1K.

    Starting May 28th, one can gran this handset on the Amazon India marketplace. As a launch offer, there would be a 10% instant discount for SBI Credit cardholders.

    So, what is your opinion on the latest handset from Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi? Share your thoughts.

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  • JioPhone Users Get 300 Min Free Outgoing Calls/Month (Corona Update)

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    In an effort to provide some relief to the less-privileged sections, Reliance Jio has offered 300 minutes of free outgoing calls per month. Jio in association with Reliance Foundation wants to ensure that staying connected remains accessible.

    As per the press release, the Jio Phone users will be offered 300 minutes of free calls per month during this COVID-19 pandemic. In short, the subscribers will be getting 10 minutes per day to other network.

    Though this looks to be a small thing on paper, this offering will definitely help the less-privileged sections of the society. As JioPhone is the most affordable handset in India, the offering of free 300 minutes calls will serve the needy.

    Additional Jio Phone Recharge Plan for FREE!

    In a commitment to stand with the needy, the Reliance Foundation has offered additional recharge of the same plan for free. During this ongoing covid-19 pandemic, every JioPhone recharge will get an additional recharge for free. For example, the Jio Phone user makes a ₹75 recharge as a top-up, then he/she will be getting extra ₹75 for free.

    However, the only limitation is that this offer is not valid on annual or bundled plans with JioPhone handset. It is to be noted that both the offers are limited to JioPhone users.

    The cheapest plan offered in this category is ₹39 Jio Phone recharge. This pack offers 100MB data per day with a validity of 14 days. The next higher plan in BUY 1 GET 1 FREE offer is ₹69 recharge. It packs 0.5GB data per day with 14 days validity.

    The ₹75 Jio Phone recharge offers 0.1GB data per day with a validity of 28 days. As a promotional offer, the user also gets 200 MB extra data. The ₹125 Jio Phone recharge gives 0.5GB data every daya with 28 days validity.

    If the JioPhone user consumes 1GB/day data, then the ₹155 recharge is the best one with 28 days validity. The most premium of all the JioPhone recharges is ₹185 plan that offers daily 2GB data with a validity of 28 days. All the above listed plans come under BUY 1 GET 1 FREE.

    Do you agree with my opinion? Share your thoughts.

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  • Redmi Note 10S Comes with 6GB RAM and Quad Cam (Priced ₹15K)

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    Sticking to its launch date, Xiaomi has added another handset to the Redmi Note 10 lineup. The latest Redmi Note 10S comes in two memory configurations – 6/64GB and 6/128GB. Incidentally, this is the 4th handset in the Redmi Note 10 Series.

    Starting at ₹14,999 ($205/€170), the Redmi Note 10S comes in Deep Sea Blue, Frost White and Shadow Black colours. Those who are looking double the storage has to shell out an extra 1K. The higher-end 6/128GB variant comes with a price tag of ₹15,999 ($220/€180).

    As specified earlier, the Redmi Note 10S is an Amazon India exclusive. Starting 18th May, one can grab the handset on Amazon storefront, Mi India portal and retail outlets across the nation.

    Redmi Note 10S Specifications:

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    On the specifications front, the Indian variant looks unchanged from that of the Global variant. It now sports a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with a 180Hz touch sampling rate and covered by the Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

    Though everyone expected an HD+ display, Xiaomi surprised its fans by including the Super AMOLED display. Now, one can enjoy higher quality visuals on this budget handset.

    Powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, the handset boots MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11. Know for its huge battery, the handset comes with a 5000mAh battery and 33W Fast charging support.

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    Redmi Note 10S Quad-Camera Specs:

    On the camera front, the Redmi Note 10S packs 4 lenses at the rear. It includes 64MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth shooter. On the front, there’s a 13MP selfie camera inside the punch hole. The side-mounted fingerprint reader adds extra security to the handset.

    Apart from the FHD+ display, the Redmi Note 10S is equipped with stereo speakers to provide a rich experience while watching content. The add-on is IP53 certification that clearly says that the handset is dust and water-resistant. Do read it as splash resistant.

    It being a 4G handset, the Redmi Note 10S supports 4G LTE and provides other connectivity options as well. At 15K pricing, the device will surely face severe competition from the existing smartphones like Motorola G40 Fusion, Moto G60, Realme 8. In fact, Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 10 Series is one of the biggest competitors to the latest release.

    So, what is your opinion on the latest handset from Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi? Share your thoughts.

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  • Redmi Note 10S To Debut As Amazon Exclusive (with 64MP Quad Cam Setup)

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    Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics major, is all set to launch Redmi Note 10S in the Indian market. Interestingly, this will be an Amazon India exclusive. The eCommerce portal has officially disclosed on its Amazon India website.

    Known for making affordable smartphones, the Xiaomi will be launching Redmi Note 10S on May 13th with the latest Android 11 out of the box. This listing has been confirmed through Amazon India’s official landing page.

    Though it is an Amazon India’s exclusive product, the Redmi Note 10S will be will be available on Xiaomi India’s official website and other offline stores including Mi Home and other retail partners.

    Currently, the Chinese handset maker Xiaomi owns more than 26% market share in India through its mid-range handsets equipped with high-end specs. Continuing the trend, Xiaomi has got some high-level specs in Redmi Note 10S smartphone.

    Redmi Note 10S Specifications:

    Regarding specifications, the Redmi Note 10S Indian variant could see the same specs that are available on the global variant. With HD+ display and Gorilla Glass protection, there could be 6/8GB RAM and up to 256GB internal storage.

    Definitely, the Redmi Note 10S would land somewhere between the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro that are already popular in the Indian market. As per the listing, the new handset will be powered by MediaTek Helio G95 chipset and ARM Mali G76 GPU.

    Based on the leaks, one could expect the similar specs leaving FHD+ 1080*2400 display. Sadly, the Indian variant will only have HD+ display. However, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Xiaomi can even throw surprises in the last minute.

    On the camera front, one could expect quad-camera setup with 64MP primary sensor, 8MP wide-angle lens, 2MP sensor for each depth and macro lens. For selfies and video calling, there’s a 13MP front camera.

    Price & Availability:

    Backed by a robust 5000 mAh-battery and 33W fast charging support, the Redmi Note 10S has an IP53 rating that can withstand accidental water damage. Pricing-wise, the most important aspect, one could expect it to be placed around 15K.

    For official confirmation, let us wait for the launch of Redmi Note 10S. Apart from this, the Redmi Watch and noise cancellation earphones will also be launched on the same day. Hopefully, the launch will be a virtual event amidst this COVID-19 pandemic.

    Do you agree with my opinion? Share your thoughts.

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  • Vivo V21 5G with Dimensity 800U SoC Debuts (Priced at ₹29990)

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    The Chinese electronics smartphone maker has launched its Vivo V21 5G handset in the Indian market. Starting May 6th, this 5G smartphone can be grabbed on Flipkart marketplace at a price tag of ₹29,990.

    Vivo known for being camera-centric has further pushed this Vivo V21 5G with the best selfie camera. The front camera with no fancy pop-up mechanisms is packed inside a notch. The best thing about its front camera is its autocrats that one finds only in top-end flagships.

    Moreover, it has two LEDs embedded in the top frame and an AI Night Portrait mode. Indeed, it’s an huge plus in night photography. It also supports HDR10+ and up to 500 nits of peak brightness.

    Vivo V21 5G Specifications:

    The Vivo V21 5G sports a 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution (20:9 aspect ratio). Powered by the Dimensity 800U SoC, it comes in two memory variants 8/128GB and 8/256GB. Additionally, it offers an extended RAM feature with 3GB RAM.

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    On the optics front, there’s a triple-camera-setup including 64MP primary snapper, 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro camera. For selfies and video calling, there’s a 44MP selfie camera with OIS and Auto-focus. It also packs a fingerprint reader into the display.

    This 5G handset boots FunTouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11. Backed by a 4000mAh battery, the handset provides decent battery life supported by 33W FlashCharge. Though the handset is made of AG Matte Glass, the Vivo V21 5G is just the slimmest 5G smartphone (7.29mm thickness) from Vivo family.

    Price & Availability:

    Available in Sunset Dazzle, Dusk Blue and Arctic White colour options, the Vivo V21 5G is priced aggressively. The Vivo V21 5G 8/128GB and 8/256GB variant cost ₹29,990 ($405/€335) and ₹32,990 ($445/€370) respectively.

    Starting May 6th, the Vivi V21 5G handset can be purchased through Flipkart, Vivo India portal and offline retail stores across the country.

    Though there are many companies (OnePlus, OPPO, Samsung etc) that are offering affordable 5G handsets in the Indian market, only a few are successful. By going through the specs, one can definitely rely up on Vivo V21 5G camera. However, if the user is looking for gaming purpose, then stickily stay away from it.

    Do you agree with my opinion? Share your thoughts.

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  • BSNL STV1098 Prepaid Plan with Truly Unlimited Data (Validity 84 Days)

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    Though the state-run telecom player Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has got 4G network in select telecom circles, only a few are aware of its 4G vouchers. The company has got truly unlimited data vouchers that offers 4G connectivity

    Starting at just ₹7, BSNL has got many 4G data vouchers. However, the BSNL STV1098 prepaid plan provides an ultimate value for the 4G voucher. The beauty of this 4G voucher is no speed limitation.

    BSNL 4G STV1098 Plan:

    The BSNL STV1098 prepaid plan offers unlimited 4G data, unlimited voice calling and 100 SMS/day. It comes with a validity period of 84 days. Apart from the regular combo benefits, the STV 1098 offers free caller tunes where the user can change unlimited number of times.

    If the user gets a full signal, then BSNL 4G is surely the best bet over the private telecom companies. Undoubtedly, this BSNL STV1098 can replace the need for wired broadband. However, the technical feasibility of BSNL network coverage is the main concern.

    BSNL 4G STV 599 Plan:

    The state-owned telecom network provider has also got an affordable 4G voucher to suit the needs of online learning. The BSNL STV599 is a 4G voucher that offers daily 5GB of 4G data with FUP limit. Post the usage of 5GB data, the speed comes down to 80Kbps.

    This 4G prepaid plan offers unlimited voice calling and daily 100 SMS benefit for a period of 90 days. Undoubtedly, this is a go-to 4G recharge with 5GB daily limit and 90 days validity. The only con is the availability of BSNL 4G network.

    Leaving it aside, if you dwell under the BSNL 4G coverage area, then just pick the BSNL 4G STV 599 prepaid plan. In spite of such beautiful plans, the state-run telecom BSNL is unable to add new subscribers to its board.

    BSNL 4G is The BEST but:

    As per the industry analysts, lack of BSNL 4G is the prime reason. Currently, the BSNL 4G connectivity is limited to only certain parts of India. Though the BSNL 4G VoLTE services started in Coimbatore it couldn’t set the momentum.

    Later on, the BSNL 4G was expanded to other telecom circles including AP, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. But still, its coverage is limited to certain areas in the above telecom circles.

    If the subscriber gets a decent BSNL 4G coverage, then he can happily reduce his bills on wired broadband. No other telecom company is providing such cheaper 4G plans to its subscribers.

    So, what is your opinion on the recent revision of BSNL ₹109 prepaid voucher ? Share your thoughts.

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  • Apple Unveils iMac 2021 with M1 Chipset (Price Starting at $1299)

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    The much-awaited “Spring Loaded” Event brought many new surprises. Of them, the Apple iMac 2021 with an M1 silicon chip is another star performer.

    To date, Apple’s in-house M1 chipset was limited to MacBook and Mac Mini. Now, the super chipset is wrapped in the new Apple iMac 2021. Apart from making it a very powerful machine, Apple has made it super colorful too.

    This new Apple iMac 2021 will be available in seven different colors including Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, Blue, and Silver. Powered by Apple’s in-house ARM-based chipset with eight CPU cores and 7/8 GPU cores, the iMac 2021comes with a lot of upgradable options.

    Apple in-house M1 Chipset Joins iMac:

    Apple’s M1 chipset delivers 85% faster CPU performance and 50% better GPU performance when compared to its predecessor. The company boasts that one gets to observe 3X faster machine learning.

    It sports a 23.5-inch 4.5K Retina Display with 11.3 million pixels supporting 500 nits of max brightness. With about 11.5mm thickness, the new iMac has got anti-reflective coating as well.

    On the front, there’s a 1080p FaceTime camera for video calling. It has 6 built-in speakers supporting Dolby Atmos. The mics are placed well so that there’s minimal interference from the rest of the system.

    Interestingly, the new Apple iMac has 2 fans instead of a thermal system. On the connectivity front, it supports 2 Thunderbolt ports, 2 USB-C ports, 1Gbps Ethernet port, and WiFi6.

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    World’s First Wireless Biometric Authentication:

    One gets to see the World’s first wireless biometric authentication system in the iMac 2021. The end-to-end encryption with Keyboard makes your fingerprint data more secure. The Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is really awesome making it a perfect color match.

    The basic version of iMac is priced at $1299 (₹ 1, 19,900) and packs 256GB SSD storage with 8GB RAM. The upsell version costs $1499 with an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. There’s an option to get 512GB or 1TB or 2TB storage. The basic version is 256GB with 8GB RAM.

    Starting April 30, iMac lovers can start pre-ordering their favorite configuration of the new Apple iMac 2021. With the new M1 chip, Apple makes the iMac a new power machine.

    So, what is your opinion on the latest Apple iMac 2021? Share your thoughts.

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  • Apple Adds Purple Color to iPhone 12 & 12 Mini (From April 30 Onwards)

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    Apple Inc today introduced a new color variant to its successful iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini models. Starting Friday, the Cupertino-headquartered American multinational giant will accept the pre-orders for the new hue – purple.

    Though Apple is accepting pre-orders, the first units will be shipped from April 30th onwards. As per tech analysts, the tech giant has taken pains to match the color of the aluminum frame to that of the back glass panel.

    Power-packed with A14 Bionic Chipset:

    To the unaware, Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are powered by the A14 Bionic chipset. With an edge-to-edge Super Retina XDR OLED display and ceramic shield, the handset delivers the highest resolution and the best drop performance.

    Moreover, it has got the first camera ever to record in Dolby Vision. It specializes in Night Mode Selfies. With the introduction of new purple color, the Apple iPhone 12 will now be available in 5 different colors including Black, White, Red, Green Blue, and Purple.

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    If one observes the color of iPhone 12 and 12 mini, then they are ahead of their Pro counterparts. Keeping it as a standard, Apple Inc took utmost care in getting the best Purple color for its fast-moving iPhone 12 variant.

    New Set of iPhone Accessories:

    To give it a perfect balance, Apple has also launched a new MagSafe Leather Case and a new Leather Sleeve in a Deep Violet hue. There’s a new leather wallet titled Arizona as well.

    If you are just okay with a silicone case, then you get a good range of silicon cases in Capri Blue, Amethyst, Cantaloupe, and Pistachio. All these new accessories will be available for sale starting today.

    So, what is your opinion on the latest Vi family postpaid plans? Share your thoughts.

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