Samsung wants to make 5G more accessible to more consumers by offering capable devices at more attainable price points. The Galaxy A42 5G is a classic case in point, boasting exceptional mid-range specifications that include a Super AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 750G 5G SoC, Quad-Rear Cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery.

Given the chance to review the device, I used it as my daily driver for two weeks and here’s what I thought of it. Before we get to it, I decided to focus on the overall experience with the Galaxy A42 5G because 5G isn’t widely available in the Philippines just yet.

Photos of the phone courtesy of Rianne Ronquillo

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Display6.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
RAM6GB
Storage128GB, expandable up to 1TB via microSD
Rear Camera48MP main, f/1.8 aperture
8MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture
5MP macro, f/2.4 aperture
5MP depth, f/2.4 aperture
Front Camera20MP
Battery5000mAh, 15W Super-Fast Charging
ConnectivityWi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS
4G LTE, 5G (Sub-6 GHz networks)
USB Type-C
NFC
3.5mm headphone jack
OSOne UI 2.5 based on Android 10
Weight193 g
Dimension164.4 x 75.9 x 8.6 mm
ColorsPrism Dot Black, Prism Dot Gray
PricePHP 19,999 or from Smart
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Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Review
Our Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G has a refreshing take on gradient smartphone design and performs well in general regards - camera, gaming, day-to-day use, battery [despite having experienced just the 4GB RAM variant]. Well.. probably not the display. Its display only has a 720p resolution panel and a 60Hz refresh rate, but it is AMOLED though. Other phones in the price range will offer a 1080p, 120Hz refresh rate LCD display. If you’re looking for a Samsung device with 5G that can handle video games well without breaking the bank, I would recommend looking into this device.
What's Good
Gorgeous design
5G-ready
Snapdragon 750G can handle games well
Decent camera overall
Easy one-handed use
What's Not
Slow to charge
720p and 60Hz refresh rate
Macro lens could be better
4.6

Ram Ronquillo eats puns for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.