Samsung has revealed the Galaxy A42 5G, the newest in its range of more moderately priced and low-spec A-series phones. The A42 is now Samsung’s cheapest 5G handset, priced at £349 (about $455 USD). That’s putting £80 below the Galaxy A51 5G, which was previously the cheapest way to buy Samsung’s 5 G lineup at £429 (or $500 USD in the US).
The Galaxy A42 uses the mid-packing Snapdragon 750 G, which was just released last month by Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 730 G is expected to be a step up from phones such as Pixel 4A, but not the Snapdragon 765 G as seen in Pixel 4A 5G and OnePlus Nord.
The smartphone has a 6.6 “OLED display with a 20-megapixel camera at the top, a 4 GB or 8 GB RAM display, a MicroSD expandable 128 GB drive, a 5000 mAh battery, and an integrated fingerprint scanner. There are 4 cameras on the back: 48 megapixels wide, 8 megapixels ultra-wide, a 5 megapixels macro, and a 5-megapixel portrait depth sensor.
It comes in three colors – black, grey, and white each with a dense grid pattern on the back, which turns dark as the phone grows. On 6 November, the phone is introduced in the UK.
Samsung’s Galaxy A42 is going to deal closely with OnePlus’ Nord, which sells for £379, or only £30 more. For the additional £ 30, the Nord features a faster CPU, more RAM, a 90Hz monitor, and a second selfie sensor, and has also received mostly favorable feedback. That said, the price of the A42 is likely to fall — the Galaxy A51 5G is currently on sale in the US for $325, or $175 off, making it cheaper than the A42 while the sale continues.