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Snapdragon 870 vs Dimensity 1200

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 (with Adreno 650 graphics) and MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (Mali-G77 MC9). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Dimensity
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (3200 vs 3000 MHz)
Pros of MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  • Higher GPU frequency (~26%)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (6 versus 7 nm)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
667910
CPU 189629 170589
GPU 239863 233643
Memory 105344 118786
UX 142979 145445
Total score 667910 661237

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 180.6 Mpixels/s 171.75 Mpixels/s
Face detection 25.25 images/s 32.25 images/s
Speech recognition 54.7 words/s 51.5 words/s
Machine learning 56.95 images/s 51.65 images/s
Camera shooting 28 images/s 27.35 images/s
HTML 5 3 Mnodes/s 3.76 Mnodes/s
SQLite 989.1 Krows/s 931.9 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 88 FPS
[Ultra]
68 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 59 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[High]
Fortnite 27 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[Low]
Shadowgun Legends 102 FPS
[Ultra]
71 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 107 FPS
[Ultra]
88 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 49 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Black Shark 4
1080 x 2400
Oppo Realme GT Neo
1080 x 2400
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 870 and Dimensity 1200

CPU

Architecture 1x 3.2 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
1x 3 GHz – Cortex-A78
3x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A78
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 3200 MHz 3000 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 1 KB -
L2 cache 1.8 MB -
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 6 nanometers
TDP 10 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MC9
Architecture Adreno 600 Valhall
GPU frequency 675 MHz 850 MHz
Execution units 2 9
Shading units 512 144
FLOPS 1372 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s -
Max size 16 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 698 Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2520 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP 1x 200MP, 2x 32MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X55 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 19
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps Up to 1600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NAVIC

Info

Announced January 2021 January 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AC MT6893
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 official site MediaTek Dimensity 1200 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
8072 (72.3%)
3100 (27.7%)
Total votes: 11172

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Dimensity 1200 and Snapdragon 870, or ask any questions
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Albedo 18 October 2021 17:28
Snapdragon 870 for sure
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Reviewer 27 September 2021 13:17
The scores is different from device to another even they are with the same processor, here you have to compare black shark with another gaming phone like k40 gaming which comes with media Tek 1200 I'm sure the results will be different.
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Wews 29 September 2021 03:47
Lol poco f3 gt limits its performance. While realme gt neo dont have performance limitations.
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AHMER 25 September 2021 13:45
the difference btw the sd 870 and mdk 1200 is not that much if one is better in one thing the other is in another so the main thing to look for is that which provide better value for money and which is better in long run.
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Ace 20 September 2021 10:01
I trusted this website but now you are doing very bad. Sd 865's Adreno 650 is far better than dimensity 1200's mali g-77 mc9. And you are showing dimensity 1200 is better in gaming. I have tested mi 10t, realme x7 max, poco f3 gt and onelplus 8t and my final verdict is that 865 is better in terms of cpu and gpu than 1200
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Wews 21 September 2021 14:24
Dude, in real life usage (gaming and daily driver) sd is better than mediatek. But I heard mediatek 2000 will be better in efficiency coz its made by tsmc and will be on par with sd 898 tho gpu is weaker than sd.
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Sheldon copper 29 September 2021 16:42
lets not forget we are talking about 870 and damn i know the power of sd
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Wews 20 September 2021 09:11
Vivo x60 pro single core have 1034 and multicore 3490
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Mayukh 03 September 2021 20:02
Both are equally good. SD marginally better but with marginally higher power consumption
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Wews 24 September 2021 13:22
yeah but it's normal that sd 870 is a little bit power hungry bc sd 870(7nm+) released earlier than dimensity 1200(6nm)
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Wews 21 August 2021 04:26
1200 has better cortex and better overall clock And yet it weaker in cpu power than 870 🤔🤔🤔 Also 860 has better cortex and better clock speed but 860 also fails in cpu power when compared to 855+ 🤔🤔🤔
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Snowflake 29 August 2021 09:03
Actually lol bro, power consumption 1200 is better other wise overall 870 is best
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Rlaw 29 August 2021 20:53
870 is over locked 865
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Bram 12 September 2021 03:05
Cortex A77 and 78 is the same. The differences between it is the power Efficiency and the sustain performance but the peak are the same.
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Liege Maximo 15 October 2021 13:19
Rlaw, I think 870 is re-designed 865+. Although I can be wrong. ;)
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cicer01973 10 August 2021 15:01
Guys, I am sure both chipsets are so close to call and both offer great value for money. I love them both and the performance difference will NEVER be noticeable... albeit in very rare occasions. On the pricing perspective though, I am not so sure. I have looked for SD870 and managed to get a POCO F3 8GB RAM and 256GM ROM for €238 delivered. I cannot find a DC 1200 phone with similar specs for less than €415 delivered. I am in Europe. That is a BIG difference....
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Ceci 15 September 2021 05:13
Where you get that ? Online dealers are asking at minimum of €280 for 6GB AND 256GB And store dealers price are even crazy Any way what that 415€ phone?
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Travis 15 September 2021 05:21
Poco f3 8Gb +256GB is 450$(ali express)(499$+ in Amazon) Poco f3 Gt 8Gb+256GB is 399$(Ali express) (can't find in Amazon)
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Rupp 04 August 2021 11:04
Mediatek better than 870 because clock speed is more than Snapdragon it is main part in processors🔥
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Swadesh 11 August 2021 07:12
Not really, optimization is everything apps are better optimised for Snapdragon processor.
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No Swadesh 19 August 2021 18:46
Swadesh, Nah bro apps are general they don't need that special optimization for processor But yeah in the past games were more focused on Snapdragon But in the recent days things have. Changed High-end games are focused to be better on Kirin , Snapdragon and Exynos (few exception for MediaTek) But among mid- end /low-end/(low)high end , MediaTek is slowly getting the more game optimization as for their rising market share Example(720g is arguably better than g90t(not completely) but in games like pubgm and pubg m(chinese) g90t has more settings options over 720g Showing that g90t is more optimized in game(but not all tho)
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DaTruth 21 September 2021 12:47
No Swadesh, Are you ok there? How can you say apps don't need optimization and then turn around and say they are optimized for x, y and z. Different chipset architectures handle different scripts more or less efficiently. Depending on the engine the game is made on or what programming software is used to make x apps will determine what processors will have an advantage and, generally speaking, Qualcomm is still the preferred chipset most Android apps are developed for. The exceptions are typically only Chinese apps.
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Liege Maximo 15 October 2021 13:20
SD is better optimised vrom, thus it performs better in day-day life. (:
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Anonimus 29 July 2021 13:24
How tf snapdragon with cortex a77 cores beats dimensity 1200 with cortex a78 cores
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DaTruTru 21 September 2021 12:51
Because they run on a different architecture? Because they run on a different OS? There are plenty of variables. The core reason being that Qualcomm simply has the better architectural design and SoC. They could use all of the same components or even better ones and still be worse if their SoC/Architecture is not up to snuff. It's pretty well known that most Chinese phones have bad/buggy software, so why should it be a surprise that their SoC also isn't the best?
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Ashif 18 October 2021 18:07
Because sd use cortex a77 kryo modified cores that make more powerful
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Guest User #433 24 July 2021 04:14
Don't you know why all of mediatek processor has a powerful charger? y'all know why it means.
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Feri 28 July 2021 17:10
Why? I don't know honestly
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Wews 21 August 2021 04:20
Do you dislike powerful charger? Or something?
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someone 27 August 2021 17:17
Feri, they support faster charging
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Tobey 15 September 2021 11:04
You're saying as if Snapdragon support only 15 watt charging lmao
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Hossein 24 July 2021 01:16
I prefer sd 870 first for being more stable in long use and LPDDR5 and LTE Cat. 24
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Asad 23 August 2021 15:18
But LPDDR5 has 40% lower frequency
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Wews 20 September 2021 09:22
Asad, Yeah but it's more powerful than 1200's lpddr4x frequency. Lpddr5 ram is more advance and powerful than lpddr4x
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Anas Adani 22 July 2021 15:16
Snapdragon 870 better, I've used a Smartphone with Snapdragon 870 and the quality is quite good.
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Wes 08 July 2021 12:21
Why 870 become 72 only in gaming but in other its 91 percent?
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ila 28 June 2021 18:27
SD870 takes 3 secs to store an image took in 64mp where as 1200 does on milli secs. 1200 is more awesome then sd870. I have used both.
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Luis 15 July 2021 23:30
Yes thats its tru but the gaming performance have a bad optimization its here where the SD 870 took advantage on al Mediatek Processor, this remember me the war of intel and AMD a couple of year ago, but now AMD Crush Intel Processor
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Pooja Dhakal 22 July 2021 20:24
Luis, Yes, I also think so.
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Anonymous 24 May 2021 14:30
SD 870 & 888 phones always observed considerable heat as of now in the market
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Rishabh 26 May 2021 14:17
And what about mediatek ? They never heat ? Don't compare Snapdragon with the king of heat mediatek Because mediatek can't beat snapdragon
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Arka 31 May 2021 19:20
Snapdragon is best in terms of performance. But Mediatek phones heat fast and drain a lot of battery. For example, if you compare Qualcomm snapdragon 732g with Mediatek helio G95, the devices powered with 732g consume less power as compared to G-95. When you compare with flagship phones like the Qualcomm snapdragon 870 and Mediatek dimensity 1200, the devices powered with dimensity 1200 like Realme GT neo and Redmi K40 game enhanced edition, they consume significantly more power than SD 870 devices such as Mi 11x, Vivo X60, Iqoo 7 etc. and they also heat less than dimensity 1200 devices. So Qualcomm is always better than Mediatek.
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Mega164 04 June 2021 11:08
Arka , You got any proof bro? I've been using Mediatek powered devices and every one of them did not overheat. C'mon guys. Even though Mediatek might not match Snapdragon now in terms of heat and efficiency, they will continue to improve, just like AMD.
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guest_7369 04 June 2021 12:45
Rishabh, No Bro in future Mediatek will surely give close competition to Snapdragon (My opinion).
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Divya 24 June 2021 07:02
Rishabh, Don't forget Apple's bionic chip
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Indranil 26 June 2021 09:13
Rishabh, Mediatek Dimensity offers better power consumption efficiency and better memory frequency.
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Mike 28 June 2021 00:03
Rishabh, You boy you are right I use sp 870 and 8 don't see any heating issue
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Rishabh 28 June 2021 16:53
Indranil, Are you kidding me😂😂 . Snapdragon king of stable fps in games and better power efficiency and high power of cpu
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Aakib 29 June 2021 18:45
Arka , 732g based on 8nm and mediatek g95 based on 12nm so it's obvious mediatek consumed more battery but it's not comparable bro becoz first they have different size and second g95 is gaming processor while on the other hand 732g is for normal performance
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helo 21 July 2021 02:17
Rishabh, True, that guy is a user of a phone with mediatek SoC, that's why he said like that 🤣
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eeee 29 July 2021 06:53
Rishabh, hey mediatek helio is the one that heats a lot dimensity does not heat a lot it way better compared to helio series maybe it can even beat the sd 865 with dimensity 1200
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Wews 21 August 2021 04:23
Rishabh, Snapdragon king of stable fps Nope that's cap 888 can't even maintain a stable fps in genshin and pubgm Fps drops like creazy Kirin is the most stable with minimal fps spikes
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Rishabh Gae 21 August 2021 04:24
Rishabh, Well mediatek did beat Snapdragon in market share ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Ashwin 14 October 2021 14:21
Rishabh Gae, Obviously because their chips are cheap
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Liege Maximo 15 October 2021 13:22
Divya, hmm, and you must not forget the price that thing sells at (:
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Sohel 24 May 2021 06:17
Sd 870 best performance for gaming
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Sakib 14 May 2021 16:14
Mt 1200 batter lower buget range for gaming!
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Renato 14 May 2021 04:40
É uma escolha difícil os dois são ótimos processadores mas eu ficaria com MT por que e feito em 6nm tem um clock ideal pra roda tudo suave deve esquenta menos do que o SD pela litografia 6mn usa menos energia a vou tem um clock um pouco superior e por ser mais barato o mais barato considerado um celular de 6gb de ram 128 GB de memória interna os processadores da MT 1.800 é SD 2100 tirando que esse número não diz nadar se ficar fazendo o teste várias vezes os números pode muda pra melhor ou pra pior tirando que 4% mais rápido não diz que o outro e ruim se fazer clock no MT de 3.0 pra 3.2 eles ficam iguais outra coisa processadores são iguais a câmera não importa os números mais sim a qualidade ✌️
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Hadezz 30 April 2021 10:38
Sd is always better for using custom roms.
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Kyle 29 April 2021 12:03
Nah Snapdragon 870 better than Dimensity 1200, I have the Poco f3 and the performance on it is absolutely beast like! So fast and a dope device I recommend that everyone checks it put
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Wews 05 May 2021 03:57
But does it have bug and battery issues?
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Untitle 10 May 2021 11:04
Wews, Latest update on Poco F3 fix all the bugs & battery issue.
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Zackqueen 25 May 2021 21:23
Wews, All the bugs and issues in Poco F3 is from MIUI, not the chipset.
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Wews 27 May 2021 11:09
Untitle, Oh thanks. Btw what version of miui fixed the issues in poco f3?
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Mth 22 April 2021 07:23
D 1200 beat SD chips phone because low prices and hight performance
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RAHUL Raina 20 April 2021 07:47
I love sd 8 series all processor
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Daredevil 18 April 2021 22:17
D1200 better than sd870 Cuz same performance and low price
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Kartikey 29 April 2021 03:54
How is it same performance when literally every aspect if better in 870
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Nayan 01 May 2021 18:36
Sustainable performance matters for long term and mediatek is not much capable and I know many tells low price and same performance but my friend both GPU and cpu are proper tuned and they have more research also sd have more features in every category so final verdict sd is good for long term us and no one take smartphone which are priced around 30 or 40 k for one year so understand guys.
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aamin khan 01 June 2021 12:50
yeah bro u r right cause compare dim1200 with 25-27 k price sd phone. result will shock you
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EnterUseraName 03 April 2021 14:06
MTK D 1200 It's Not bad Like 11 12
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rasty 31 March 2021 23:23
Dimensity 1200 batter becose lower price and really near
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Wews 26 March 2021 11:45
Pls test their geekbench and gaming
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Wews 16 March 2021 10:52
Tf pls update now many phones have sd 870😤😤
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