Samsung Galaxy M42 5G First Impressions: 5G for Everyone?


The Galaxy M42 5G is the most recent addition to the Galaxy M collection and the primary to sport 5G connectivity. It is usually at present essentially the most reasonably priced Samsung smartphone with 5G connectivity in India. Launched at a beginning value of Rs. 21,999, the Galaxy M42 5G goals to convey 5G to the mass market, however Samsung is not the one producer on this race. With a number of funds 5G smartphones now out there, does the Galaxy M42 5G have the higher hand? I bought to spend a while with this smartphone and listed here are my first impressions.


Galaxy M42 5G value in India

The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is priced at Rs. 21,999 for the bottom variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The upper variant of the Galaxy M42 5G has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and retails at Rs 23,999.

Galaxy M42 5G design

The Galaxy M42 5G bears an uncanny resemblance to the Galaxy A42 5G, and unsurprisingly these units have so much in frequent. For the reason that latter hasn’t been launched in India but, the M42 5G seems recent. This can be a massive smartphone and it has a 6.6-inch show with a dewdrop notch on the prime. Construct high quality appears good and the physique doesn’t really feel plasticky. It has a polycarbonate again with a shiny end which Samsung refers to as “Glasstic”. This end is sort of vulnerable to smudges. I discovered myself wiping the again panel very often to maintain it clear. Samsung doesn’t present a case within the field which might have helped maintain fingerprints off.

You get to decide on between two color choices for the Galaxy M42 5G, Prism Dot Grey and Prism Dot Black. I had the latter with me, which has a color block end with the highest quarter being stable black whereas the remainder will get progressively lighter. The decrease three-quarters of the again additionally displays gentle in an iridescent sample. I discovered all this a bit too flashy for my liking, and the shortage of a delicate color possibility could make this selection slightly more durable for some individuals.

The extremely reflective end on the Galaxy M42 5G may not enchantment to everybody


The Galaxy M42 5G has a square-shaped digicam module that homes 4 sensors, with the LED flash slightly below. It protrudes very barely and I do not see this being an issue. I discovered the button placement on the Galaxy M42 5G to be good as I might attain them simply whereas holding the gadget. Samsung has curved the again panel alongside the perimeters making it simple to grip this smartphone. It is not too cumbersome, measuring 8.6mm in thickness and weighing 193g. I discovered the load to be properly distributed whereas holding the gadget.

Galaxy M42 5G specs

Samsung has used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor to energy the Galaxy M42 5G. This processor can be seen powering direct opponents such because the Moto G 5G and the Xiaomi MI 10i(Review). It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how the Galaxy M42 5G fares towards these units. The 6.6-inch Tremendous AMOLED show sports activities an HD+ decision which is shocking and disappointing for a smartphone that prices over Rs. 20,000. The Galaxy M42 5G has an in-display fingerprint scanner that’s simple to achieve. The show does have Corning Gorilla Glass Three for cover which ought to assist maintain it protected from scratches.

There’s a tiny dewdrop notch on the prime that homes a 20-megapixel selfie digicam. The quad-camera system on the rear consists of a 48-megapixel major digicam, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle digicam, a 5-megapixel macro digicam, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

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The quad-camera module on the Galaxy M42 5G does not protrude an excessive amount of


You possibly can select between 6GB and 8GB RAM variants of the Galaxy M42 5G however storage capability stays the identical at 128GB. You possibly can broaden storage by upto 1TB utilizing the hybrid dual-SIM tray which implies this comes at the price of the second SIM. Samsung might have supplied a better storage variant or gone with a devoted slot for storage growth.

Samsung did shock us with a large 7,000mAh battery within the Galaxy M51(Review) however the firm hasn’t gone down the identical path this time. You get a 5,000mAh battery on the Galaxy M42 5G which remains to be greater than common lately. The smartphone has assist for 15W quick charging and comes with a 15W charger within the field.

On the software program entrance, Samsung gives OneUI 3.1 (not OneUI Core) on prime of Android 11. The smartphone was working the March Android safety patch however bought an replace to the April patch quickly after unboxing it. OneUI will really feel acquainted to Samsung customers and I didn’t discover the UI expertise to be totally different from the Galaxy A52 which I not too long ago examined. There may be some bloatware preinstalled, which I’d advocate that customers uninstall proper after setup. Total, the UI appears clean and the general expertise feels polished.

Samsung has picked a robust processor for the Galaxy M42 5G to take the battle to the competitors. Whereas the Rs. 21,999 beginning value is aggressive, it does make me wonder if Samsung has minimize corners to achieve it. So is the Galaxy M42 5G a smartphone price recommending? I am going to reply this within the full evaluate, coming quickly.


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