Samsung Galaxy M42 5G Review

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
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Samsung Galaxy M42 5G Review

Despite the fact that 5G networks are only operational in a few locations, Samsung has already introduced a spate of 5G-enabled phones at a variety of price points. Although it’s a rebadged Galaxy A42 5G that was released in late 2020, the Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is now India’s cheapest 5G phone. In many places of the spec sheet, it appears to be a little out of date.

Some of its specifications, such as the HD+ display and the out-of-date 15W fast charging speed, are plain revolting. It doesn’t even feature the massive battery that Samsung’s M series phones are known for. 

Because 5G networks aren’t yet available in India and aren’t expected to be for at least another year, the Galaxy M42 5G’s only real selling point is that it’s powered by the Snapdragon 750G, one of the best mid-range processors available. Is it, however, enough to make this a phone worth recommending? Let’s get started because you’ve come to the perfect location to get the answer.

The design and display of the Samsung Galaxy M42 5G.

One of the few things about the Galaxy M42 that sticks out is its design. The gradient pattern is separated into four pieces, each with a lighter shade as you walk down. The gradient pattern is broken into four pieces, each with a distinct hue as you walk down. It’s a plastic build, as you’d think, but it looks sleek and polished.

Although I’m not sure how the other colors appear, our black review unit is stunning. The phone is also incredibly slim, albeit, as said in the introduction, you don’t get a lot of spectacular specs here. The final touch is also slick. The 6.6-inch Infinity-U display on the front appears a little dated now, with bezels that are thicker than you’d like to see in 2021. 

The display isn’t really impressive. As you’d expect from Samsung’s AMOLED displays, it’s bright and vivid, with deep blacks, wide viewing angles, and good brightness even in direct sunshine. However, the HD+ resolution is disappointing. Individual pixels are visible, and videos on YouTube or Netflix aren’t particularly sharp, especially when zoomed in to match the screen. 

The lack of a high refresh rate display is maybe the worst offender. Yes, the Galaxy M42 5G is essentially a Galaxy A42 5G from last year when Samsung’s high-refresh-rate screens were only available on flagship devices, but that doesn’t change the fact that the screen is outdated. And this isn’t an isolated instance of Samsung’s low-cost 5G offerings: The Galaxy A32 has a 90Hz Full HD+ display, whereas the Galaxy A32 5G has a 60Hz HD+ display. 

The Galaxy M42 5G has an optical in-display fingerprint sensor, which is a first for any M series phone. It works for the most part. It’s not as fast or precise as the optical fingerprint readers found on phones like the Galaxy A32, Galaxy A52, and Galaxy A72, but it’s better than the optical sensors Samsung used two years ago for mid-range phones.

The Galaxy M42 5G, phone’s battery has made it this far.

A 5,000 mAh battery powers the Galaxy M42 5G, which also supports 15 W fast charging. 

A 15 W charger is included with the phone. 

With an average of 4-5 hours of screen use each day – which includes business apps, social networking apps, and the camera app on occasion – the Galaxy M42 5G easily lasted over a day. The phone’s battery lasted at least a day, even when gaming.

The phone, on the other hand, takes a long time to charge. The charger takes an hour to get the phone up to 50% charge with a depleted battery. If you look at other smartphones in this category, you’ll notice that some come with rapid charging capabilities of up to 33 W.

The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is a reliable performer.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G CPU with 6 GB RAM powers the Samsung Galaxy M42 5G. For the smartphone, the combination appears to work quite well. I used the tablet with all of my typical social networking and work apps installed, and there was never any lag, stuttering, or app loading time delays.

Mortal Kombat and Crash On the Run were the two games I played on this phone. Both games worked swiftly, the graphics were nice, and the swipes, hops, and kicks were all quite responsive. 

After a time of gaming, and even after using the camera (particularly in video mode) for more than 20-30 minutes, the upper side of the gadget began to heat up. It didn’t become hot enough to be annoying, though.

Software for Samsung Galaxy M42 5G.

The Galaxy M42 5G is the first phone in the Galaxy M series to utilize Samsung’s normal One UI software rather than One UI Core. As a result, you may use features like Secure Folder and Samsung Pay.

On the home screen, you’ll find various One UI 3.1 (based on Android 11) features, such as Google Discover. But don’t get too worked up. Many functionalities have still been removed by Samsung.

You won’t find Bixby Routines or a built-in screen recorder, for example. The video call effects from One UI 3.1 are also missing. Even having access to Samsung Pay and Secure Folder will please many fans, since these services were previously unavailable on the Galaxy M series due to a lack of appropriate KNOX certification on One UI Core.

It’s unclear if Samsung’s pledge of three generations of OS updates will apply to the Galaxy M42 5G. The phone isn’t mentioned on the website where Samsung lists its security releases, therefore the frequency of security updates is unknown. We’ve contacted Samsung for comment on this and will update the review as soon as we hear back.

Galaxy M42 5G (Samsung) It has a great camera (except in low-light).

The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G comes equipped with a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. The camera on the Galaxy M42 5G wowed me (mostly).

The phone’s daylight photos are quite good. The camera AI over-saturates and boosts colors in shots as it does on other Samsung phones, but if you usually snap photos for social media, you’ll adore the results.Close-up/macro photos are also quite good. 

The camera can focus on the topic as near as 4-5 cm away with ease and speed. Anything closer than 4 cm necessitates a camera that is extremely steady.The Galaxy M42 5G’s daylight selfies, taken with the phone’s 20 MP camera, are crisp and colorful. By default, the selfie camera has a “beauty filter” turned on.

Noise is only noticeable when the rear camera is set to wide-angle or used in low-light situations. When shooting slo-mo video in poor light, the quality suffers significantly. 

The Galaxy M42 5G can also record 4K video, although the results are the only average due to the lack of video stabilization. A carousel of photo and video examples from the Galaxy M42 5G is embedded below.

Is Samsung M42 5G worth buying?.

Before selecting whether or not to purchase the Samsung Galaxy M42 5G, there are a few factors to consider:-

> What feature do you use the most on a phone?

>  Is it necessary to have a decent camera, a nice display, and a good battery, or all three?

> How much money do you have? 

>Is a 5G phone something you truly desire or require?.

The Galaxy M42 5G is a good device on its own. It’s currently Samsung’s most cost-effective 5G-ready smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is a good choice if you want a device with a good camera setup, a long battery life, and the ability to play high-graphic games.

However, while this is a fine smartphone in general, the Rs 21,999 price tag for the added 5G connectivity seems excessive, especially given Samsung’s compromises with the HD+ display.

In a similar pricing range, Samsung’s Galaxy M32 or M31, Galaxy M51, and Galaxy F62 are good options. If you’re searching for a smartphone that isn’t a Samsung, the Poco X3 Pro, OnePlus Nord/Nord CE, Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Motorola G60, iQoo 3, Mi 10i, or Realme X3 SuperZoom are all excellent options, and some of them even support 5G.

Does Samsung M42 have Gorilla Glass?

The Galaxy M42 5G offers an easy-to-reach in-display fingerprint scanner. 

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is used to protect the display, which should help keep it scratch-free.

  • The Snapdragon 750G provides excellent gaming performance,
  • Exceptional battery life,
  • The main camera performs admirably in daylight,
  • With 5G support, it’s future-proof,
  • One UI 3.1, which has features such as Samsung Pay,
  • Sleek and attractive design.
  • 60Hz refresh rate on a low-resolution screen,
  • The macro camera’s usability is limited, and there is no 60 fps video recording,
  • Charge slowly,
  • A few UI features are missing from the software,
  • You can pick between dual SIM and microSD expansion with the hybrid SIM slot.

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