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The Korean tech brand Samsung is the world-famous smartphone maker. Samsung is releasing 5G devices recently. Samsung has already released the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G. This is saying that it is the most affordable 5G device. Today, we are writing about the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G. This is to say that, as a product of Samsung it has a brand value. Let’s start the review.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G is officially announced on September 02, 2020.

The device comes with a big screen of a 6.6 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution. The smartphone feature a quad-camera that includes 48 MP (wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide) + 5 MP (macro) + 5 MP (depth) sensor on the rear side.

The front camera there is a 20 MP (wide) for clicking super selfies and recording videos with 1080p at 30fps. It also features GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.

It has fueled with a non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery that provides Fast charging. The smartphone is integrated with 128 GB of internal storage that offers the capacity to store videos, music files, images, and more. It is available in various colors such as Black, White, and Grey.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G runs on the Android 10.0 operating system with One UI 2.5. The sensors include Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass.

At first, let’s see the specs of the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G.

Now let’s see the given ability of these specifications which are given by Samsung.

Body section

164.4×75.9×8.6mm, 193g; Plastic body. Display: 6.60″ Super AMOLED , 720x1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 266ppi. Processor: Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750 5G (8 nm) – unconfirmed: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570); Adreno 619. Operating system : Android 10, One UI 2.5. Network: Technology- GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G. SIM- Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) RAM & Storage : 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.1; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).

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Camera section

Rear camera: Quad formation ( Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 123˚; Macro: 5 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 5 MP, f/2.4.) Front camera- 20 MP, f/2.2, (wide). Video capturing: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@480fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps. Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 15W. Connectivity : WLAN, Bluetooth,GPS, Infrared, wifi hotspot, NFC,USB, USB Type-C. Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, ANT+ Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; 3.5mm jack.

Hey, dear viewers let’s know what we can get in the box of Samsung Galaxy A42 5G.

Unboxing The Galaxy A42 5G

All Samsung users are aware of the box of Samsung’s mid-range devices. Let’s see the box.

The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G is packed with a compact paper box. By unboxing this you will get a 15W charger, a USB-C cable, and one cheap-looking pair of headphones with a mic. There is also a silicone protective case inside the box which usually attached to the A-series smartphones. Certainly, there are some documentary evidence and warranty papers on this box.

Many smartphone users are fond of mind-blowing design and body. To clarify, the designation of Samsung Galaxy A42 5G is looking gorgeous. It offers a cool design.

Design, build quality and handling

We are aware of Samsung Galaxy’s A-series design. All of the smartphones of this series looks pretty good. But it is the first time to see the mosaics pattern on Samsung’s Galaxy A series smartphone. So, Samsung Galaxy A42 5G has a unique design. We don’t think we’ve seen another phone that looks anything like the Prism Dot Black pattern on the Galaxy A42 5G back.

Rear panel designation

The back is an enthralling geometric masterpiece. No matter which Prism Dot version you get, the panel will be separated visually into four parts, starting with darker white/gray/black color at the top and going towards lighter hues to the bottom. All but the top stripe have this cool dotted pattern and refracts light in a rainbow-like fashion. We are fans of this design. The cool back panel aside, the Galaxy A42 5G is a traditional smartphone through and through. The frame and the back are made of plastic.

Front panel designation

There is a large flat screen at the front, a thin curved glossy frame on the sides, and a slightly curved and glossy rear piece of plastic.

It offers a 6.6″ large flat display which is a Super AMOLED panel. This screen one of the big changes since the A41 and A40 models – it is much bigger. But there is a lack on this display panel that it has a lower HD+ resolution. The waterdrop notch remains the same as the other devices of the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G. The earpiece grille is almost invisible above the front camera, etched on the frame itself.

The screen has nicely thin bezels though the chin is a bit unusually thick for an OLED. Still, for such an affordable phone, we won’t be making that an issue.

The fingerprint scanner is hidden under the screen, around the bottom part. It’s working pleasantly fast and is as accurate as this type of sensor goes. We didn’t have any issues using the piece.

Camera setup

The back panel is slightly curved, and besides its cool look, the square camera setup is the only thing of interest here. It contains the 48MP primary, the 8MP ultrawide, the 5MP macro, and the 5MP depth sensor. The LED flash is outside of this arrangement. The camera glass is jutting out a bit, but it doesn’t make the phone wobble when lying on a desk. The frame is a bit curved around the longer sides, and this shape isn’t our favorite as it hurts the grip, but it’s actually fine.

Side shape and formation

The left side of the Galaxy A42 5G contains the hybrid-SIM slot, while the volume and power/lock keys are on the right. Topside of the frame: There is nothing but a mic on the top. The bottom houses the 3.5mm jack, the USB-C port, the mouthpiece, and the speaker.

Dimensional measurement

The Galaxy A42 5G measures 164.4 x 75.9 x 8.6 mm and weighs 193 grams – that’s 15mm taller, 6mm wider, and 41g heavier than the Galaxy A41. This major difference comes from the larger screen and battery. It’s smooth and cool design it’s too nice to carry it on hand. It looks really pretty on the hand.

Display of Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G packs a large 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 by 1600 pixels in a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. It is an Infinity-U panel, meaning it has a waterdrop-shaped cutout for the selfie camera. Maybe this display is protecting by the corning Gorilla glass 3. It contains a lower resolution than its siblings. The lower screen resolution rate is -266ppi. It is the main downgrades on Samsung Galaxy A42 5G.

But if you take a look at the AMOLED panel it seems like it’s siblings. Color rendition is handled Samsung-ly with the usual Natural/Vivid approach. Natural aims to reproduce sRGB content truthfully, and we measured an incredibly good average deltaE of 2.2. The Vivid mode offers a 5-position cool-to-warm slider. The default mid-point on the slider will get you an average deltaE of 3.9 against DCI-P3 targets with strangely off 100% blue and red. One more thing you’d be happy to learn is the presence of Widevine L1 DRM support on the Galaxy A42 5G. This means you can watch your favorite streaming services in high definition, yes even stream in 1080p even if the screen is just 720p. Note that HDR10 is not supported by the A42 display and none of the apps we tried streamed content in HDR.

The operating system of Samsung A42 5G

The Galaxy A42 5G boots Android 10, and our review unit arrived with Samsung’s latest OneUI 2.5 on top. The performance of this OS is so good. The OneUI version performed so well on the unlocking setting of this device. The lock screen is a familiar sight with a couple of shortcuts in the bottom corners and notification icons under a clock. Unfortunately, the Galaxy A42 5G does not support Always-On Display.

Unlocking the Galaxy A42 is best done with the under-screen fingerprint sensor – it works well enough with good speed and accuracy. If for whatever reason, you’re not thrilled about the A42’s fingerprint reader performance, there’s also face recognition. It’s just camera-based, no 3D face scanning, but it still offers a convenient (if not as secure) way to access your home screen. Gesture navigation is available, and you can choose that in the initial setup process or later on.

A system-wide dark mode is par for the course, too. Edge panels are present on the Galaxy A42. It is a well-known, long-standing feature that gives you quick access to apps, actions, or tools with a single swipe from the side. You can choose which side the handle is located on and adjust its position along the edge of the phone. Like the other Samsung Galaxy’s it also offers Galaxy related services.

The processor of Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 750G chipset under the hood. It is a successor to the Snapdragon 730G SoC chipset. It is an 8nm chipset. As a midrange, it performs so well. The CPU configuration is as follows – 2x Kryo 570 Gold (Cortex-A77 derivative) at 2.2 GHz and 6x Kryo 570 Silver (Cortex-A55 derivative) at 1.8GHz. The chipset also gets a slightly newer Adreno 619 GPU, which is expected to be 10% faster than the Adreno 618 found in the SD730G.

RAM and Storage of Galaxy A42 5G

As for memory, the handset starts at 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal UFS 2.1 storage. You cannot opt for beefier storage, but you and can purchase models with 6GB RAM and even 8GB of RAM. Battery and charger of Samsung Galaxy A42 5G: The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G packed a 5000mAh giant battery with 15W fast charging. According to the battery life test of Gsmarena, battery life is 144 hours of backup. It will take 2 hours to charge fully.

The camera of Samsung Galaxy A42

Rear camera: On the quad-camera setup on the back it has Wide (main): 48 MP; Ultra wide-angle: 8 MP; Macro: 5 MP; Depth: 5 MP The camera sensors: Primary camera: 48MP Samsung S5KGM2 ICOSELL GM2 1/2.0″ sensor with 0.8µm pixels, 24mm f/1.8 lens, and Quad Bayer color filter. Ultrawide camera: an 8MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K4HA 1/4.0″ sensor with 1.12µm pixels behind 13mm f/2.2 lens. The focus is fixed Macro camera: 5MP GalaxyCore GC5035 sensor with f/2.4 aperture and focus fixed at about 4cm. Depth sensor: 5MP GalaxyCore GC5035 sensor with f/2.4 aperture and focus fixed at infinity.

Front camera

The front camera is 20MP Which used the SK Hynix Hi-2021 20MP sensor – part of their Black Pearl CIS lineup.

Video capability

The video capability is 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@480fps on the rear camera. The front camera can record 1080p@30fps video.

Network connectivity

Technology- GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G. SIM- Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by). The Wifi, Bluetooth, hotspot, NFC, and many other improvements and updated network features are in this device.

Our verdict

Samsung is one of the best brands in the world. If you are fond of the brand then you can buy this without any condition. Not only for the brand but also it performs really well. It has a strong processor with the Snapdragon 750G chipset. Obviously, it is a strong chipset for great performance. It has also a huge RAM for using many update apps on phone. The chipset performs a great gaming capability. It is one of the best gaming phones according to price. It is the most affordable 5G phone. The phone has a massive battery of 5000mAh capability. It has a 48MP main camera which can record 4K video. According to our judgment, it is a great phone.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Rating and Review

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