Best Samsung Galaxy M42 5G Review – A tale of 5G, and some bargains


Samsung Galaxy M42 5G: The latest 5G smartphone, Samsung Galaxy M42, is priced at Rs 20,000. This seems like a good option. But is it really? Let’s find the answer.

5G is all the rage. Even if 5G is not something you want, you may be tempted to purchase a phone with it.

These days, it is a standard feature on many phones, particularly budget ones. How could Samsung make one? We were able to get the Galaxy M42, the first 5G smartphone at an affordable price in India.

With 5G left aside, the phone seems to be capable of helping you: A Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chip and Samsung’s display and cameras, along with a large battery, prove that point. Is Samsung giving us a decent option? Let’s see.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G: Design

The Galaxy M42 5G phone isn’t extraordinary. It isn’t as innovative as Realme and Xiaomi, and it sticks to a very simple design.

It tries to make up for the lackluster design it introduced in 2021. A dual-tone texture is used to create a rainbow effect when placed at the correct angle.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

There is enough sparkle to make the phone not seem unattractive. For those who appreciate the simplicity and a touch of fanciness, this can be a good choice.

The “classic” chassis is the choice of the device. It ensures a sturdy build but also makes it light. This is something we always love.

However, there is one thing that can be a problem. You will often need to wipe the back panel of your phone because fingerprints are a constant problem.

The cloth might be handy. A case can solve this problem. Unfortunately, the case is not included in the freebie box. Since Realme and Xiaomi still use this method, I hope Samsung includes the cases in its mid-range/budget offerings at least.

The Galaxy M42 5G phone is decently built and can be bought by many people. However, it would be nice to have something ‘extraordinary’!

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G: Display

Although the display’s 6.6-inch size is large enough to provide a comfortable viewing experience, the notch sticks out like a sore thumb.

Perhaps waterdrop notch snatchers won’t feel that way. This is Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen. It has been a great design.

This is unfortunately coupled with an HD+ screen resolution which leaves a gap in the viewing experience.

Although I don’t know why Samsung made this compromise, it is something that could have been avoided.

Realme and Xiaomi are both doing enough to outdo Samsung in their respective fields. The phone’s 60Hz refresh rate is disappointing for gamers and people who are looking for large numbers.

Displays can be equipped with an in-display fingerprint reader, which helps to keep the technology alive for those who don’t have the means to pay high-end prices.

Although the fingerprint sensor works well, it is not quick enough to unlock your phone. You would have to press the button. It doesn’t feel like a problem, as it feels more secure.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G: Cameras

Although the phone features four rear cameras, it doesn’t participate in the current megapixel battle.

Instead, it sticks with a combination we have seen for some time: a 48-megapixel main cam, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a macro camera of 5-megapixels. The front camera has a 20-megapixel rating.

Good lighting conditions make the phone take great photos. The photos are well-taken. You will be able to capture beautiful photos of the greenery, especially when you add a bit of vividness.

Although the ultra-wide lens can provide a wide view, it can sometimes get a little stretched.

The good news is that details and color reproduction are just as good as the main camera. You can zoom in up to 10X. This zoom is useful for capturing distant objects, but it can also cause graininess.

Portrait mode can be used if you’re still interested in this effect. It creates a nice blurred background and a good subject separation.

Macro cameras are more likely to take detailed and colorful pictures. You can adjust the brightness. It still needs to be adjusted to match the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max macro lens, which takes some stunning shots.

However, the 20-megapixel selfie camera is quite good. The photos are sharp and close to the natural color space. These are the images that you would choose when choosing an image to upload to Instagram.

The phone can record videos in 4K at 30fps. The output is clear and detailed. The ultra-wide lens can be used with a zoom of up to 10X, but this will compromise details.

OIS is not available so the output can be shaky. This is especially true if you’re recording in a moving vehicle.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G: Performance, Battery, and OS

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset is used in the Motorola Moto G 5G and the Xiaomi Mi 10i, both of which are decent performers.

So, I expected the same from the Samsung phone. This was proved. I was able to manage my usage of the phone, which included messaging, calling, messaging, and watching videos. It is easy to use the phone.

The phone can stutter occasionally during the trip, but there are no major speed issues.

Gaming was also good. This time, I tried my hand at many different games. I tried my hand at a variety of games, including Brain Test, Bubble Shooter, and Who Is?

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

The phone can play Call of Duty: Mobile at high graphics and high frame rates, which ensures good gameplay without consuming too much battery life.

There was no heating or significant battery loss for Call of Duty: Mobile.

The battery is large enough size to last for at least a day. If your usage drops, you can easily increase the battery to a day and a half. Here’s a compromise: Samsung has now added fast charging 15W to its phones.

It takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes to charge the phone fully. This is not enough speed when compared with phones from rivals such as Realme and Xiaomi, which continue to excel in this department.

Samsung One UI 3.1 based upon Android 11 is very simple and intuitive. The OS feels a bit bloated due to the addition of a lot of apps I have not seen in my Samsung experience.

In addition to the Samsung apps, you can also find a variety of Indian short video sharing and gaming apps. Although Netflix and Facebook are still present, I removed most other apps from the ‘uninstall list.

This is subjective, however, and it won’t cause any problems for people who use apps such as Josh or Candy Crush Saga.

The audio quality is good, but the single speaker limits the volume output.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G: Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G phone is another affordable option that pushes 5G forward. The phone is decent and offers good performance, cameras, and looks.

It is not as exciting as phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and Realme 8 5G. The Samsung-standard display and faster charging would have given the phone more life.

Samsung must find a way to stand out in a sea of competition. Perhaps you can introduce features such as water resistance and more to budget phones.

Although the phone is excellent, you can spend around Rs 21,000 on the more expensive options.

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