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Samsung Galaxy A42

The sequel to the Samsung Galaxy A41 has become larger and it comes with both a larger amount of built-in memory and a much larger battery. Samsung Galaxy A42 is a budget mobile in the upper-middle segment which is both an upgrade and a downgrade.
It also has 5G support and is thus future-proof, but it is good to know that the 5G network is far from finished. 
Samsung Galaxy A42 has a larger display but the display resolution is sadly very low. The display is flat, the long sides do not bend over the edges in other words and the frames around the display are relatively thin but far from as extremely thin as with the flagship mobiles. The edges around the phone and back are completely constructed of plastic.
The back piece has a unique design in that it consists of four different color shades divided into sections with darker colors in the top part and lighter colors down to the bottom.
It's nice that Samsung is testing something new purely in terms of design, but the design does not appeal to me personally, but the design is entirely about taste, so the perception of what is nice or ugly varies from person to person.
The square camera module protrudes slightly from the chassis, but not so much that the phone wobbles when it is on a flat surface.
This smartphone lacks stereo speakers and has only a single speaker located at the bottom of the phone. It thus becomes easy to cover the belly with your fingers when using the mobile phone in landscape mode.
The fingerprint reader is located below the surface of the display.

The display is of the AMOLED type and is 6.6 inches with an aspect ratio of 20: 9 and 720 × 1600 pixels. The pixel density, therefore, lands at 266 PPI (pixels per inch). I usually recommend a pixel density of at least 300 PPI to get a sufficiently sharp and clear display.
It is disappointing that the Samsung Galaxy A42 has a display with a lower screen resolution and sharpness, which is a downgrade compared to the previous models in the same series of mobile phones. The reason for having a large display is, of course, that you should clearly see what is shown on the display, and watching streaming movies or playing mobile games will not be as enjoyable at all.
The processor is an eight-core Snapdragon 750 processor at 2.2 GHz and the base model has a RAM of 4 GB and an internal memory of 128 GB, which is pretty good. Then there are also better variants of this smartphone with a RAM memory of 6 GB but the same amount of built-in memory.
The front camera lens is 20 Megapixels (wide-angle lens) and the back has four camera lenses in the camera module.
The main camera is 48 Megapixels (wide-angle lens), 8 Megapixels (ultra-wide-angle lens), a Macro lens of 5 Megapixels, and a depth sensor of 5 Megapixels. The cameras have PDAF and LED flash. The camera quality is acceptable but not much more than that.
The operating system is Android 10 but with Samsung's own skin as a layer over it so it is not a pure operating system which I prefer.
Samsung Galaxy A42 has a massive 5000 mAh battery which with easier use can be pressed to last two days on a single charge.
There are few other mobile phones in the same category that have such good battery life and that is one of the great advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A42.
Playing and watching Netflix works helpfully on the mobile, but the lone speaker at the bottom of the phone can lead to problems...When playing mobile games or watching YouTube, it is good to use headphones to get around the problem of being able to happen to cover the speaker with your fingers.
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G is a capable smartphone for those who are looking for an okay mobile phone in the upper-middle segment. Its performance is not at the flagship level, but it handles games and daily tasks well enough for non-hardcore users like myself.
A Samsung Galaxy A42 costs SEK 3,790 and that price applies to the base model.