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Samsung Galaxy A42
Samsung Galaxy A42
Samsung Galaxy A42
Samsung Galaxy A42
Samsung Galaxy A42

Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy A42 currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
Operating system
2.2 GHz
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
48+ MP, f/1.8
48+ MP, f/1.8
5000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

PC Magazine
PC Magazine

The Samsung Galaxy A42 supports the fastest connectivity options on Verizon's network, but that isn't enough to make up a low-res display, weak cameras, and lackluster performance.

- Steven Winkelman, PC Magazine
The Verge
The Verge

Its healthy support policy, decent overall performance, and robust battery life make it one of the best options from Verizon for around $400. Just don’t get too excited about mmWave.

- Allison Johnson, The Verge
Business Insider
Business Insider

If $400 is the absolute limit you're willing to spend, the Galaxy A42 5G will suit you just fine — you do get a mildly attractive, decently-performing phone with decent cameras. If you can muster an extra $100, get the Google Pixel 4a 5G for better performance and cameras, or wait for the rumored Pi...

- Antonio Villas-Boas, Business Insider
Android Central
Android Central

The 5,000mAh battery will let you get two full days out of the A42 — even when you're having to bounce between 4G, Sub6, and UWB on Verizon. The screen is vivid and easy to read outdoors, but the triple-camera setup here is a distinct downgrade from other A-series offerings.

- Ara Wagoner, Android Central
Android Authority
Android Authority

Samsung did well to prioritize battery life with the Galaxy A42. This phone keeps the screen and raw speed in check in order to deliver outstanding battery performance. Still, competition in the $400 space is fierce, and standing out is hard. In many respects, the A42 struggles to find a space to ca...

- Eric Zeman, Android Authority

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Common Questions

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We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy A42 user manual here.

Samsung backs up the Galaxy A42 with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.

If your Galaxy A42 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy A42's screen size is 6.6 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750 (8 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 10 (Update Available: 13) operating system (OS).

48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ MP, f/1.8 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 20+ megapixels resolution.

128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 2160 minutes, 1320 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy A42 Specs

Release Date November 6, 2020
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 10 (Update Available: 13)

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Processor Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750 (8 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 4/6/8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.15 W/kg
Body: 1.33 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
48+ Megapixels, f/1.8
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (5 MP, F2.4, Macro), 4th camera feature (5 MP, F2.4, Depth), HDR
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
20+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 399 pixels
Size 6.6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 2040 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 1320 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 1260 minutes
Talk Time Up to 2160 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage No
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Prism Dot Black, Prism Dot White, Prism Dot Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.43 x 7.58 x 0.86 cm (6.5 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 193 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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