Samsung Galaxy M42 Review: Samsung's New Entry-Level Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy M42 Review
Samsung Galaxy M42 Review: Samsung's New Entry-Level Smartphone

Samsung has a penchant for launching a new entry-level phone in the M series every year. The Samsung Galaxy M42 is the latest in the M lineup and seems to be a successor to the Samsung Galaxy M20. We take a good look at the phone and see if it lives up to the expectations.

The Samsung Galaxy M42 is the company’s new entry-level device. It features a 6.4-inch Max Vision display, which is a new aspect ratio, and a generous 3,500mAh battery. 

It also has a 13MP camera with a f/2.2 aperture, and it runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. The Galaxy M42 is available in three colors: blue, black, and white. The phone has a plastic back and a metal frame, and it retails for $199.99.

Samsung's newest entry-level smartphone, the Galaxy M42, is a great option for those of us looking for a functional, yet inexpensive way to stay connected. The M42 is a budget-friendly phone, but it doesn't feel cheap. 

It has a larger-than-average 5.7-inch screen, a powerful processor, a microSD card slot and a decent battery life. Overall, it's a solid device for an affordable price.

Samsung Galaxy M42 Unboxing

A silver body is present on the Samsung Galaxy M42 It is housed in a small box along with the charger and headphones. The headphones were a bit loose, but they are good enough to go along with this phone. 

Samsung Galaxy M42 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and it features an 18.5:9 aspect ratio screen. It is powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. 

On the optical front, the Galaxy M42 comes with an 8MP primary camera on the back with LED flash and an f/1.9 aperture and on the front, it has a 5MP selfie shooter with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash. 

The M42 also features a fingerprint sensor at the back for added security and a 3000mAh battery which can be charged via microUSB port with the bundled charger.

➤ Design

The smartphone comes with a 6-inch Super AMOLED display and 2.5D curved tempered glass on top. Samsung has combined the power and volume keys on the right side and the SIM slot is on the left side. 

This design is similar to the Galaxy J6 and the Galaxy J8 but it has a similar placement for the power and volume keys. We also liked the physical Home Button as it lets the users launch the apps easily. 

It also has the fingerprint sensor and face unlock support. The front is bare and we could not find a selfie camera hole on the top. It only houses the earpiece, sensors, and the selfie flash module. 

The bottom houses the Micro-USB port and a speaker grille along with the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The back has a plastic back and there is a glossy finish on the side.

➤ Display

Samsung Galaxy M42 sports a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display that has a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone uses a pixel sensor that is equipped with a 6P lens and uses dual-pixel technology which is expected to improve its image processing. 

The display looks bright and colourful with decent contrast levels. The display offers an adequate amount of saturation and thus improves the viewing experience. 

Samsung Galaxy M42 comes with a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual camera set-up at the rear with LED flash support. The rear camera setup has an aperture of f/1.9. 

The smartphone has an 8-megapixel front camera with LED flash support. The rear camera uses an aperture of f/1.9 and uses phase detection autofocus.

➤ Performance

Samsung Galaxy M42 is powered by Samsung's own Exynos 7570 octa-core processor. The smartphone has a PowerVR GE8320 GPU, an LCD screen with HD+ resolution (720×1440 pixels) covered with 2.5D curved glass. 

The smartphone is based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS. Performance of the smartphone is just about average as the processor does not allow the user to perform the most tasks with ease. 

Also, the smartphone struggles when compared to the other devices in the sub-Rs. 15,000 price range. If you are the type of user who does not like Samsung's custom UI, you will find it difficult to perform heavy tasks with ease. 

The smartphone also has a bit of lag when it comes to launching apps. However, we found the performance to be better than that of the Samsung Galaxy M20.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy M42 is powered by a decent 3,300mAh battery that can easily last more than a day of normal use. We used the phone for gaming, video watching, browsing the internet, and browsing photos for more than seven days without a single charging. 

This phone can easily last more than one day on a single charge. In our testing, the phone showed a backup of 75% around 11 hours after the usage which shows that it is capable of getting the power when it is required. 

The phone didn't drain much battery during a gaming session that lasted almost five hours with just a single video. The handset charged around 85% in the morning and we managed to finish a heavy day with it remaining well charged at around 35%.

➤ Camera

The camera is on the left side of the back of the Galaxy M42 and below the camera is the fingerprint sensor. The design of the smartphone is a mix of metal and glass Samsung Galaxy M42 Review: Rear Camera Samsung has incorporated a dual-lens rear camera on the Galaxy M42 smartphone. 

The primary camera sports a 13-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor and the second lens comes with an 8-megapixel sensor. Samsung is touting the Galaxy M42's camera and it does a decent job in almost all lighting conditions. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the results as I was clicking pictures in bright light conditions. The camera has a good color reproduction and exposure and you can even go for more professional effects in real time.

➤ Software

Samsung Galaxy M42 runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo-based Experience 9.5 UI. With the operating system, the phone comes with an improved UI that will help Samsung to bring more personalized features to the device. 

The phone sports a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microUSB port and a 2MP front-facing camera. Samsung Galaxy M42 features a 5.8-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display and is powered by the octa-core Exynos 7870 SoC. The smartphone is backed by a 3,300mAh battery. 

The smartphone comes with 32GB of internal storage, however, one can expand the storage by up to 256GB via a microSD card. The smartphone features 4GB of RAM along with a dedicated microSD card slot, which is useful for people who run two or more apps on the smartphone at the same time.

➤ Price

Samsung Galaxy M42 will be available for sale in three different variants – 2GB RAM/16GB inbuilt storage, 3GB RAM/32GB inbuilt storage and 4GB RAM/64GB inbuilt storage. 

Samsung Galaxy M42 vs Other Major Entry-Level Smartphones 

The Samsung Galaxy M42 will go up against the likes of the Coolpad Defiant S (Review) which costs Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM/16GB storage version and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 (Review) which comes with a price tag of Rs. 7,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant and Rs. 8,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. 

Samsung has a tough fight ahead and the Samsung Galaxy M42 will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 6, Realme 2 and Motorola One Power. Samsung Galaxy M42 has a HD+ (720x1480 pixels) IPS LCD display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a 2.


While Samsung's decision to sell this as an entry-level smartphone and focus on the budget segment makes sense, the device is priced aggressively for most of the markets. However, at the same time, this is a decent smartphone in its own right. 

It looks quite stylish and offers a decent display, premium metal finish and will be offered in three colour options in India. Samsung is also going to sell the Galaxy M series online and this is another plus for it as it will make it easier for people to purchase the device. 

The Galaxy M42 is slated for an official launch in India on May 25 and will go on sale on Flipkart from May 29. It is being listed at Rs 13,990 for the 2GB RAM variant and Rs 14,990 for the 3GB RAM variant.

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