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January 08, 2021
It was only a short while ago that 5G phones would cost a fortune, and only a few brands offered the option of 5G at their flagship phones. Now, however, there are a few handsets that gives the consumer options, both on brands and prices too, such as the OnePlus Nord. Now Samsung has entered the arena of sub $350.00 phone category that offers 5G capability. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G!
Samsung Galaxy A41 had been one of the most popular mid-range smartphones for the Korean giants, at least if we look at the traffic statistics. The Galaxy phone was also represented consistently in the mobile sales charts. Now it's having a successor, and what a successor it seems to be.
The Galaxy A42 5G has been equipped with quite a few upgrades, the phone is bigger than its predecessor, better battery performance and the addition of Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor to name a few.
But the biggest upgrade has got to be the addition of 5G, which according to Intel, can bump up download speed to a whopping 100 times faster, which means no more waiting for your Videos to load up, it takes seconds to achieve that with 5G. The 5G technology also solves one of the main issues that has plagued mobile gamers, LAG. With this technology, you can play any kind of games on your mobile phone, no matter how demanding the games graphics are, because with 5G, that’s no longer an issue.
Samsung solved the next issue which would arise from playing such demanding games at such high speed, Power! And they nailed it with this device. Although it adds to the overall weight of the device, it gives the user plenty of power to keep going. At 5000mAh, this phone could easily last up to 2 days without any top-up, which is great news for anyone using their device constantly.
The Galaxy A42’s other major upgrade sees the Processor changed from Mediatek MT6768 Helio P65 to Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G Octa-Core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 570) CPU, and Adreno 619 GPU. A big improvement given that the device is 5G ready and will need the boost in performance to deliver.
As we all are still experiencing the effects of the Pandemic, the focus has shifted to more contactless payments than ever before. Consumers are looking for phones with this unique capability. The Galaxy A42 5G also has NFC built in to enable users to use either Samsung Pay or Google Pay to complete transactions completely touch-free (where available). This neat feature could be the deal maker for a lot of consumers nowadays, simply because this feature eliminates the use of a normal Credit Card thus making the transaction more safe & secure as well as clean & contactless.
The A42’s 6.6” HD+ Super AMOLED display performs really well, whether playing games or playing videos, it delivers. Coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM, it gives a pleasant user experience. Of course it is not going to have a flagship experience, because this phone isn’t one, but to get all the above spec for a fraction of the flagship phone is a clear winner for those looking for phone that will tick the right boxes.
The quad camera set produces vivid and crisp pictures, with a 48MP Main (Wide) camera, an 8MP Ultrawide, a 5MP Depth and last but not least the 5MP Macro cameras
The Galaxy A42 5G comes with Samsung’s Custom Version of the Android OS, also known as One UI 2.5, which means the software experience is somewhat similar to Samsung’s flagship phones, minus the features that require specific hardware. The phone has Android 10 pre-installed, which can be upgraded to Android 11 upon user request.
All in all, the Galaxy A42 5G is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a mid-range phone that will give them the option of 5G. There aren’t that many options at this price bracket but what Samsung have done here is remarkable. They have given the market a great value phone with pretty impressive spec that includes 5G. No doubt there will be more options and perhaps more competitive pricing but at this moment in time, there are only a couple of phones that rival this phone, but not when it comes to the price-tag.
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