The Samsung Galaxy A42 is a mid range device with 5G an some awesome specs. The smartphone is not launched in India and was launched officially on November 11, 2020 in the global market. Available in three colors Prism Dot Black, Prism Dot White and Prism Dot Gray the smartphone brings to the table a large AMOLED display, excellent performance, awesome cameras(rear and selfies) and an amazing UI experience. In this blog you will be knowing all the pros and cons of this device and help you make the best choice.
The price starts at $339.99, £349.00, €339.00. Galaxy A42 is not available in India.
- 6.6 inches sAMOLED HD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 750 5G
- Android 10|OneUI 2.5
- 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM
- 5000mAh battery
The Galaxy A42 features a 6.6 inches 720p (HD) Super AMOLED display with 266ppi density. The display quality is below average for sure as the spec does not justify the price. At low ppi text kinds looks blurry and the HD display was outdated long ago. In this age where every other smartphone is offering FHD or FHD+ display the Galaxy A42 displays 720p. Well as a matter of fact may be that the phone you purchased years ago would have a 720p display but if you are satisfied with it then go ahead because the smartphone has some powerful specs as well.
Performance and UI
The smartphone offers excellent performance with its Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core 750 5G processor which clocks 2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570. The performance is very good and AnTuTu 8 scores are 324K which surpasses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC with AnTuTu score 315K. The performance is great and the Galaxy A42 5G can be your choice if you are into heavy tasking, gaming and multi-tasking. The Galaxy A42 beats the OnePlus Nord in performance. So though the smartphone has a average display the performance compensates for the loss.
The UI experience is great with OneUI 2.5 on top of Android 10. There is Adreno 619 GPU for better gaming experience.
Storage and Memory
Storage is never going to be an issue with the Samsung Galaxy A42. The smartphone comes in three configurations with on-board storage of 128GB UFS 2.1 in all of them. Of course, the storage is expandable upto 1TB using microSD cards. Memory options include 4GB, 6GB and 8GB.
There is a quad rear camera set-up with a 48MP f/1.8 primary sensor, a 8MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide angle lens with FOV 123 degrees, a 5MP primary sensor and depth sensor with aperture f/2. each arranged in a square fashion. The photos are great with HDR mode available and the phone features LED flash and Panorama as well. Video recording options include 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@480fps.
There is a single 20MP f/2.2 selfie shooter which captures photos in HDR and also records 4K@30fps.
The Samsung Galaxy A42 packs a 5000mAh large battery which backs you for about 2 days on a single charge. The 15W fast charger charges the phone completely in about an hour or less. The charger is provided inside the box unlike the flagship smartphones (relating to the most trolled iPhone 12 series).
All the primary sensors including face unlock, Fingerprint (in-display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, ambient light are provided. Yes the 720p display has a in-display finger print sensor.
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
Radio: not mentioned
USB: USB Type-C 2.0
Connectivity options are great and meet the standard market levels.
Secured by the Samsung KNOX, there are multiple layers of security and kills malicious apps and threats in the background. The security system is next level.
Of course the smartphone is good and powerful with excellent performance and longer battery life. The display might be an issue but can be neglected. Cameras are great and the quality is supreme (typical of a Samsung mobile).