Samsung Galaxy M42 5G Review: Cheap 5G, at this price
The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is the first smartphone from Samsung’s M series to get 5G support. It is the most affordable smartphone to offer 5G connectivity across the entire Samsung station. Samsung opted for the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor for the Galaxy M42 5G, but it came with an HD + display, which would be a sore thumb in this price range. So can the Galaxy M42 5G help Samsung outperform the competition, or has the company cut several corners? Here is my review
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G Price in India
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G Rs. 21,999 for the basic variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The high-end variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 23,999. It is available in Prism Dot Gray and Prism Dot Black Color.
Galaxy M42 5G Design
The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is a better smartphone for $ 21,999 and can be compared to the Galaxy A42 5G. The Galaxy M42 5G ₹ 21,999 has a large 6.6-inch display with very thin bezels. It has an icy top, which Samsung refers to as the Infinity-U display. The Galaxy M42 5G has a polycarbonate back panel with a shiny finish that is called Samsung’s “Classic”. The glossy finish is easy with a fingerprint magnet and fog.
The rear panel of the Galaxy M42G is visually divided into four modules, top to bottom. The top quarter has a solid black shiny finish, while the bottom has a lighter color on each block. The three sections below have an additional elegant dotted shape that diffuses light in various colors. Samsung has named the color Prism Dot Black, while another, lighter color option is called Prism Dot Gray.
The Galaxy M42 5G is 8.6 mm thick and weighs 193 grams for management. Convenient to hold and easy to reach the button with the device in my hand. A display consists of a fingerprint scanner, which is convenient and easy to use when using the device with one hand. To the left of the plastic frame of the SIM tray are a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and bottom speaker. There is only a second microphone above.
On the Galaxy M42 5G you get the quad-camera setup in a module in the upper left corner of the rear. This square-shaped block is long, which is good. The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G has a 5,000 mAh battery and supports 15W fast charging. Samsung also has a 15W charger in the box, which is slower than competing offers. Surprisingly, the Galaxy M51 ₹ 20,999 (review) also supports and features a faster 25W charger, although the Galaxy M42 is located just below the 5G.
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G specifications
The first thing that caught my attention was that the 6.6-inch AMOLED display only has HD + resolution and has a 60Hz refresh rate. This low-resolution display is very disappointing due to the price Samsung is charging for this smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy M21 with HD Full HD + AMOLED display sells for $ 12,499 (review). Also on the side, you will find an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is one of the first smartphones of the Galaxy M series with this feature. However, I prefer a full-HD + display and a full-capacity fingerprint scanner here.
Fortunately, cost-cutting training in the field of performance does not persist. The Galaxy M42 5G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G processor, which we have also seen indirect competitors in India such as Xiaomi Mi10 (Review) and Moto G5G. Samsung offers the Galaxy M42 5G in two variants, with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Storage in both these variants is 128GB. You can increase the storage to 1TB, but since the Galaxy M42 5G has a hybrid dual SIM tray, it will cost a second SIM for expansion. Samsung may have offered more variation with more storage.
In terms of software, the Galaxy M42 5G runs OneII 3.1 on Android 11. It is not the UI core version that runs some other Galaxy M series. The phone had an April Android security connection at the time of the review, which is acceptable. If you come with a Samsung smartphone then OneUI is well known and it is very easy to practice, even if you are not. I found some bloatware pre-installed on the device that I am not satisfied with. If you do not want to use these apps then I recommend uninstalling them immediately.
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G Performance
Samsung has chosen an efficient processor for the Galaxy M42 5G, which it certainly offers. I did not see any delay or glitch, the usage load time is reasonable and with 6GB of RAM in my review section, multitasking is not a problem. The AMOLED display flies into the punch but low-resolution ointments. I found that the display light is sufficient for indoor use, but outdoor visibility is slightly better. The in-display fingerprint scanner unlocks the phone quickly and does not require a second attempt.
The Galaxy M42 5G Anto scored 357,881 points. It scored 652 and 1,837, respectively, by the Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core benchmarks. Since this phone has an HD + display, it gets an edge over the graphics benchmark, managing 56fps on the GFX Bench Manhattan 3.1.
For gaming, I read Call of Duty Mobile, which by default was high for both graphics and frame rates. Can run with these default settings without any problems. I noticed that after playing for twenty minutes the top of the phone was hot to the touch, but not for anything dangerous. The normal game ran smoothly and the phone showed no signs of overheating.
The 5,000 mAh battery in the Galaxy M42 5G allows you to navigate easily one day without moving around for a day. In our test with HD video loop, the phone ran for 22 hours 55 minutes. This was a good time, but Samsung reduced the brightness of the display when the battery percentage dropped to 15 percent. Charging at 15W is very slow, and the phone reaches 26 percent in just 30 minutes and 51 percent in one hour.
Galaxy M42 5G Camera
Samsung’s quad-camera system is very stable. The Galaxy M42 features a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. Talking about selfies, it has a 20-megapixel shooter. Samsung’s camera software is unchanged, and I have no problem finding the right mode for the shot. In the camera application, the AI quickly identifies what it is pointing to and sets the camera accordingly.
I took a few days of shots in cloudy conditions and the Galaxy M42 5G achieved excellent results. The colors are a bit big but beautiful and have good details. Ultra-white cameras have a lower resolution and less detail when compared to those shot with the main camera. There is distortion at the edges of each frame.
The closer look turned out better with beautiful colors and details. The phone also manages background blur. Edge detection is better in photos, and I can change the blur size before taking a shot. I can also edit photo scenes in the photo gallery to use more effects. The macro shots are decent, very detailed.
In low light, scene shots have average details that are not comfortable even with noise control. In Night mode, the frame is slightly cut, but the output is brighter and slightly wider.
Selfies naturally enable cosmetics, which soften the texture of the skin. The photo selfie went smoothly, and I could also see faces on the phone with a mask. Good detail is also available in the low-light selfie.
The video camera ranks first at 4K 30fps for the main camera. Confirmation was enabled by default, but I averaged it because small shocks were visible on the output. The Super Study mode uses an ultra-wide-angle camera and provides better stabilization. 4K displays are not static and low light displays are strictly average.
The Galaxy M42 5G is now the most affordable 5G smartphone. It is packed with an efficient processor and provides excellent performance. However, Samsung has cut some corners with the display. HD + Resolution Rs. The 21,999 price point is very disappointing.
Since the 5G network is not available in India right now, you can consider the Galaxy F62 to be a worthy successor. If you are specifically looking for a 5G-ready smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi10 (Review) and RealMe X7 (Review) are the best alternatives to the Galaxy M42 5G at this price.