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Overview of the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G was announced in September 2020 and launched in November of 2020. It was billed as the cheapest 5G phone and was teased for weeks before its full specifications were revealed. And it turned out that the A42 is a lot larger than its smaller A40 and A41 predecessors.
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Galaxy A72 5G specs at a glance;
- Body: 164.4×75.9×8.6mm, 193g; Plastic body.
- Display: 6.60″ Super AMOLED , 720x1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 266ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750 5G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570); Adreno 619.
- Memory: 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.1; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
- OS/Software: Android 10, One UI 2.5.
- Rear camera: 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 capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@480fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 15W.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; 3.5mm jack.
Design and Build
We like what Samsung has done with the design of the Galaxy A series. It certainly knows how to make each Galaxy not only attractive but also distinct. We haven’t seen another phone with a back that looks like the Galaxy A42 5G’s Prism Dot pattern.
The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G features a wide 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio and 720 by 1600 pixels. It’s an Infinity-U panel, which means the selfie camera is cut out in the form of a waterdrop.
The lower screen resolution and sharpness – 266ppi in the case of the A42 – is a letdown and a significant downgrade from previous A4x phones. Putting such a strong chipset under the HD screen, on the other hand, will provide unrivalled gaming results, which is the best silver lining we can hope for.
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User Interface and Performance
The Galaxy A42 5G boots Android 10 with Samsung’s OneUI 2.5 on top. It is however upgradable to Android 11 with the latest OneUI 3 as of Jan 2021.
The Galaxy A42 5G is powered by the latest Snapdragon 750G 5G processor. We’re just meeting this SoC for the second time, but we already know it’s a capable piece of hardware. It’s a standard mid-range SoC that sits between the Snapdragon 765G and Snapdragon 690. It can also be thought of as the Snapdragon 730G’s successor. The 8nm node is still in use.
2x Kryo 570 Gold (Cortex-A77 derivative) at 2.2 GHz and 6x Kryo 570 Silver (Cortex-A55 derivative) at 1.8 GHz is the CPU configurations. The chipset also includes a slightly newer Adreno 619 GPU, which is supposed to be 10% faster than the SD730Adreno G’s 618.
The Galaxy A42 5G has a quad-camera system on the rear, with a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide photographer, a 5MP macro snapper, and a 5MP depth sensor, all with traditional mid-range capabilities. It has the same configuration as the Galaxy A41, but with a depth-imager added. If you ever need it, there’s also a single LED flash.
A 48MP Samsung S5KGM2 ICOSELL GM2 1/2.0″ sensor with 0.8m pixels, a 24mm f/1.8 lens, and a Quad Bayer colour filter are used in the primary camera. Although a high-resolution 48MP shooting mode is available, the latter means that this camera saves 12MP images. It’s possible to use phase-detect autofocus.
Depending on the view mode, the front camera will take 12MP photos or an 8MP crop of the original. All of our selfies were taken in native 12MP mode. The 12MP selfies aren’t very detailed, but they excel in other areas such as contrast, colours, and dynamic range. These Galaxy A42 selfies are fine, but when the light isn’t perfect, the resolution of the resolved information suffers.
The main and ultrawide cameras on the Galaxy A42 5G record 4K@30fps images. Both support the standard 1080p mode at 30 frames per second, but neither supports 60 frames per second. In 4K, the video bitrate is 48Mbps, and in 1080p, it’s about 18Mbps. The audio is recorded in stereo at a bitrate of 256Kbps.
The 4K clips are extremely detailed and noise-free. Overall, the Galaxy A42 performs admirably in this scene: the colours are correct, the contrast is excellent, and the dynamic range is sufficient for a lively picture.
The increased battery capacity is a major improvement over previous Galaxy A4x versions. The Galaxy A42 5G now has a 5,000mAh battery, up from the Galaxy A41’s 3,500mAh.
The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G comes with a power adapter that supports 15W Adaptive Fast Charging (5V/2A or 9V/1.67A). We don’t expect it to recharge the 5,000mAh battery quite quickly, but it should suffice for the class.
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