Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Hands-On: Surprisingly decent

A 5G phone that deserves some of your attention



Midrangers with 5G are slowly becoming abundant as 5G connectivity expands around the world and in the Philippines. Samsung wants in on this market with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G.

At first glance, it looks like a phone from yesteryears.

The vertical pattern on its back notwithstanding, the camera array as well as its overall form factor feels like its a 2019 A-series phone. Which isn’t entirely a bad thing.

That back does get this nice glimmer when hit with light.

In front you’ll see a tear-drop-ish notch — definitely a relic of the past — housing a 20MP selfie shooter.

Also clearly visible are the bezels on the screen. It’s thicker than what you’ll find on flagships, but there are still a handful of phones like this in the midrange arena.

Going down under, you’ll see the 3.5mm jack. USB-C port, and speaker-grilles.

Over to the left is the SIM card tray.

And on the right are the volume rockers and power button.

It has a 6.6-inch SUPER AMOLED display, as expected of Samsung. 

And is surprisingly easy to hold in one hand despite the rather large screen and device footprint. 

Whether you’re browsing or making calls, this shouldn’t put too much of a strain on your hand.

And of course, it has 5G. 

More than satisfactory performance

Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750 5G SoC with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the Galaxy A42 5G won’t leave you wanting when it comes to performance.

Stalking your crush on IG, ranting on Twitter, or leaving sassy comments on your friends’ Facebook posts — these are just some of the menial things we do on our phones. They, in no way, push the phone to the limit, but you’ll get a generally lag-free experience on this phone.

The Super AMOLED display is as vibrant as ever. It’s fantastic for consuming all kinds of content. For instance, this episode of Start-Up where Chul-San and SaHa finally get together making you feel, even more, the pain of your singlehood.

The overall smooth experience is felt throughout the interface. This phone, after all, is running Android 10 with ONE UI 2.5 on top.

Battery life lasts at an expected entire day. You also wouldn’t break a sweat should you forget to charge it overnight. The chip’s power management along with the 5000mAh battery make for a good combo. Nothing mind-blowing, but very serviceable. It also supports 15W fast charging.

Let’s talk cameras

Cameras because, like most other midrangers, the Galaxy A42 5G comes with four (on the rear) and one on its front as mentioned earlier.

The four cameras are: 48MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, and a couple 5MP shooters for macro and depth. You’ll find some sample shots below.


Most of these were taken in low light conditions. It took a couple of tries before getting shots we like but they’re more than good enough for taking quick snaps with your date — assuming you can actually get one.

Under a good light source, the camera performs admirably. Par for the course for most midrangers these days.

The selfie is… okay. This wasn’t the ideal lighting condition but the result is a solid 7/10.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 19,990, there’s not much else you can ask for. It delivers a better than decent overall performance for its price range, the Super AMOLED display looks fantastic, and you get 5G connectivity wherever available. It’s a sweet deal.

Of course, you’ll have to contend with those bezels and that less than appealing teardrop notch. If you can get past these, what you’re getting is a rather affordable 5G-capable smartphone that performs well and takes decent photos.

Not bad. Not bad at all.


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