Samsung Galaxy M42 5G Review : Affordable 5G, But at a Cost


The Galaxy M42 5G is the primary smartphone in Samsung’s M sequence to get 5G help. It additionally occurs to be probably the most reasonably priced smartphone in the whole Samsung steady to supply 5G connectivity. Samsung has picked the succesful Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor for the Galaxy M42 5G, however has additionally outfitted it with an HD+ show which stands proud like a sore thumb on this worth vary. So can the Galaxy M42 5G assist Samsung get forward of the competitors, or has the corporate lower too many corners? This is my assessment


Galaxy M42 5G worth in India

The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G begins at Rs. 21,999 for the bottom variant which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The upper variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at Rs. 23,999. It’s accessible in Prism Dot Grey and Prism Dot Black.

Galaxy M42 5G design

The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is an enormous smartphone and bears some resemblance to the Galaxy A42 5G. The Galaxy M42 5G has an enormous 6.6-inch show with fairly slim bezels throughout. It has a dewdrop notch on the prime, which Samsung refers to as an Infinity-U show. The Galaxy M42 5G has a polycarbonate again panel which has a shiny end that Samsung calls “Glasstic”. The shiny end is a fingerprint magnet and smudges are simply seen.

The again panel of the Galaxy M42 5G is visually divided into 4 blocks, prime to backside. The highest quarter has a stable black shiny end whereas the color will get lighter with each block as you go down. The decrease three segments have an extra wonderful dotted sample that disperses mild into completely different colors. Samsung has aptly named the colour Prism Dot Black, whereas the opposite, lighter color choice is known as Prism Dot Grey.

The Galaxy M42 5G has a dotted sample on many of the again, which disperses mild


The Galaxy M42 5G is 8.6mm in thickness and weighs 193g which is manageable. It is comfy to carry and the buttons had been simple to achieve with the system in my hand. There’s an in-display fingerprint scanner which is handy and in addition simple to achieve when utilizing the system one-handed. The SIM tray is on the left of the plastic body, whereas the three.5mm headphone jack, USB Sort-C port, and loudspeaker are on the backside. The highest solely has the secondary microphone.

You get a quad-camera setup on the Galaxy M42 5G in a single module within the prime left nook of the again. This square-shaped module would not protrude a lot which is an efficient factor. The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G has a 5,000mAh battery and helps 15W quick charging. Samsung additionally bundles a 15W charger within the field which is slower than what the competitors affords. Surprisingly, even the Galaxy M51 (Review) helps and comes with a sooner 25W charger, regardless that it is positioned barely under the Galaxy M42 5G.

Galaxy M42 5G specs

The very first thing that caught my consideration was the truth that the 6.6-inch AMOLED show sports activities solely an HD+ decision and has a 60Hz refresh price. This low-resolution show may be very disappointing given the worth that Samsung is commanding for this smartphone. Samsung sells its Galaxy M21 (Review) for Rs 12,499 with a full-HD+ AMOLED show. On the plus aspect, you get an in-display fingerprint scanner, making this one of many first smartphones within the Galaxy M sequence with this function. Nonetheless, a full-HD+ show and a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner would have been my choice right here.

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Samsung Galaxy M42 5G runs OneUI Three on prime of Android 11


Fortunately, the cost-cutting train doesn’t proceed into the efficiency division. The Galaxy M42 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G processor, which we’ve additionally seen in direct rivals in India such because the Xiaomi Mi 10i (Review) and the Moto G 5G. Samsung affords the Galaxy M42 5G in two variants, with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The storage on each these variants is 128GB. You possibly can increase storage by as much as 1TB, however because the Galaxy M42 5G has a hybrid dual-SIM tray, enlargement comes at the price of a second SIM. Samsung may have supplied an excellent larger variant with extra storage.

When it comes to software program, the Galaxy M42 5G runs OneUI 3.1 on prime of Android 11. This is not the OneUI Core model that another Galaxy M sequence smartphones are working. The cellphone had the April Android safety patch on the time of assessment, which is appropriate. OneUI feels very acquainted in case you are coming from a Samsung smartphone, and even for those who aren’t, it is extremely simple to get used to. I did discover some preinstalled bloatware on the system, which I wasn’t proud of. I’d suggest that you just uninstall these apps instantly for those who do not intend to make use of them.

Galaxy M42 5G efficiency

Samsung has picked a succesful processor for the Galaxy M42 5G, and it positively delivers. I didn’t discover any delays or stutters, app loading instances had been cheap, and with 6GB of RAM on my assessment unit, multitasking wasn’t a difficulty. The AMOLED show is punchy however the low decision is the fly within the ointment. I discovered the show brightness to be enough for indoor use, however outside visibility may have been barely higher. The in-display fingerprint scanner was fast to unlock the cellphone and by no means wanted a second try.

The Galaxy M42 5G managed to attain 357,881 factors in AnTuTu. It additionally scored 652 and 1,837 factors respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core benchmarks. Since this cellphone has an HD+ show, it will get an edge in graphics benchmarks, managing 56fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1.

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The Galaxy M42 5G has a quad-camera module that does not jut out an excessive amount of


As for gaming, I performed Name of Obligation Cellular which defaulted to the Excessive current for each graphics in addition to body price. It was playable at these default settings with none points. I did discover that the highest of the cellphone bought heat to the contact after taking part in for twenty minutes, however to not an alarming extent. Informal video games ran wonderful and the cellphone didn’t present any indicators of heating.

The 5,000mAh battery within the Galaxy M42 5G allowed me to transcend a day fairly simply without having a prime up. In our HD video loop take a look at, the cellphone lasted for 22 hours and 55 minutes. It is a good time, however Samsung does decrease the brightness of the show as soon as the battery share drops under 15 %. Charging is comparatively gradual at 15W, and the cellphone solely bought to 26 % in 30 minutes and 51 % in an hour.

Galaxy M42 5G cameras

Samsung’s quad-camera setup is fairly customary. The Galaxy M42 has a 48-megapixel main digicam, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro digicam. For selfies, it has a 20-megapixel shooter within the dewdrop notch on the entrance. Samsung’s digicam software program has remained unchanged and I didn’t have any points discovering the correct mode for a shot. The AI on the digicam app is fast to recognise what it is pointed in the direction of and units the digicam up accordingly.

I took a couple of daylight pictures in overcast circumstances and the Galaxy M42 5G managed good outcomes. Colors appeared good, though barely boosted, and there was good element. The ultra-wide digicam has a decrease decision and particulars had been inferior in comparison with pictures taken with the first digicam. There was additionally distortion on the sides of every body.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G daylight digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G ultra-wide angle digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)


Shut-up pictures turned out nicely with good colors and particulars. The cellphone additionally manages a blur for the background. Portraits had good edge detection and I may alter the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot. I may additionally edit portrait pictures within the Photograph Gallery to use extra results. Macro pictures had been respectable, with good element.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G close-up digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G Portrait digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)


In low mild, panorama pictures had common particulars and weren’t as crisp, though noise was beneath management. With Evening mode, the body is barely cropped however the output was brighter and had marginally higher element.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G low-light digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G evening mode digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)


Selfies have beautification enabled by default, which smoothens pores and skin textures. Portrait selfies turned out nicely and the cellphone may detect faces even with masks on. Low-light selfies additionally had respectable particulars.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G selfie portrait digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G low-light selfie portrait digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)


Video recording tops out at 4K 30fps for the first digicam. Stabilisation is enabled by default however I discovered it to be common, since minor shakes had been seen within the output. The Tremendous Regular mode makes use of the ultra-wide-angle digicam and supplies higher stabilisation. 4K footage wasn’t stabilised and low-light footage was strictly common.


The Galaxy M42 5G is now probably the most reasonably priced 5G smartphone that Samsung has on supply. It packs in a succesful processor and affords good efficiency. Nonetheless, Samsung has lower some corners with the show. An HD+ decision on the Rs. 21,999 worth level is very disappointing.

On condition that 5G networks are nonetheless not accessible in India, you could possibly take into account the Galaxy F62 to be a worthy various. If you’re trying particularly for a 5G-ready smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 10i (Review)and the Realme X7 (Review) are higher options to the Galaxy M42 5G at this worth degree.


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