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Samsung M42 5G Review: Breakneck Speed Without Breaking The Bank

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Here’s an equation for you, Samsung + 5G + 750G Processor. Now you may think that this phone undoubtedly, must be between Rs 30,000 to 35,000. But you’ll be wrong. Samsung has surprised all of us with a smartphone having all these features in around Rs. 20,000. Now that’s a straight win in my book. 

However, before we drown Samsung in praise, is this phone as good as it sounds? Is there more to this phone other than impressive specs? Well, worry no more; here’s all you need to know about Samsung M42 5G. 

What’s Inside?

Starting Price Rs. 21,999
Processor Snapdragon 750 5G
Memory & Storage 6/8 GB  128 GB
Front camera 20 MP
Rear Camera 45 + 8 + 5 + 5 MP
Battery 5,000 mAh

We have a 15-watt charger, USB Type-A to Type-C cable, some documentation, and the device itself inside the box. There is no clear case within the phone, which kind of feels like a missed opportunity. There are no earphones inside the box either, but the phone does come with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. 

Design And Features

Let’s quickly take a look at the device itself. You’ll get volume rockers, speaker grill, headphone jack, power button and two mics, one below and above the machine. The device has a glossy finish, so it’ll attract a lot of fingerprints. 

Overall, the phone weighs around 190g, but it feels very light in the hands. Its weight distribution is excellent thanks to its bigger-than-average size. 

Speaking of the display, it comes with a 6.62-inch screen, HD+ super AMOLED screen. It is not FHD+ which is an obvious cost-cutting by Samsung. Nonetheless, it is a great screen to look at. You only get a 60hz panel on this phone, which kind of feels a bit outdated at this point. 

The overall brightness of the screen is pretty good, and it is bright enough for most users. You might feel it lacking in terms of pixels due to the HD+ resolution. However, the bright colours do a decent job of compensating for it.

Performance Tested

Samsung M42 5g review

However, the main USP of this smartphone is its performance. The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G comes with up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Paired with a Snapdragon 750G processor and 5G connectivity, this phone becomes a budget powerhouse. While the SoC performs excellently in games and applications, the 5G connectivity ensures that you enjoy a lag-free experience all the time. 

I played games like Call of Duty Mobile, Free Fire and Otherworld Legends on this smartphone, and all of them performed very well. You can easily play most games on the Samsung Galaxy M42 in high settings, which should be enough for most users. I really think the addition of a high refresh rate screen would’ve benefited from the Snapdragon 750 SoC, but the price point at which this device is available. You really can’t complain about it. 

Also, the 5,000 mah battery on this easily lasts a day even with heavy usage. And despite so much packed into this phone, it feels light. In terms of performance, the battery lasts close to 9 hours and 15 minutes. No ordinary human can stare at a screen continuously for 9 hours straight. So It’s pretty safe to say that the Samsung 5,000 mAh battery is more than sufficient for all your needs.

In terms of camera performance, the smartphone comes with a quad-core camera featuring a 48 MP primary sensor, and for a mid-range phone at this price point, the photos look quite good and offer a good level of clarity. In the front, you get a 20 MP selfie camera which does smooth out my skin a little bit but still works well.

The overall stability of the camera is pretty excellent. You can record a stable selfie video while jogging or walking, which is great for social media enthusiasts. 


Samsung M42 5g review

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy M42 is a fantastic smartphone for budget users who are mainly looking for performance and don’t mind the presence of an HD+ screen and low refresh rate. For the price of Rs. 21,999, you can get a Samsung smartphone with several years of software support and a solid value for money.

Assistant Editor at Exhibit Magazine. A tech and auto journalist who likes to reverse engineer anything he can get his hands on. He writes about everything technical under the sun, ranging from smartphones and laptops to micro-controllers in Tesla batteries.

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