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While we may not have full access to 5G functionality in Malaysia yet, it could happen in the next few years. It still makes sense to buy phones that are now 5G capable and access this feature when it's available here. And 5G-enabled phones don't have to be expensive.
Samsung recently launched the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G, which is currently the company's cheapest 5G phone RM1.599.
The brand's cheapest 5G phone to date
A key benefit of 5G is the improved download speed. According to Intel, the download speed can be up to 10 Gbps, which is a 100-fold increase compared to 4G networks. This means that you don't have to wait any longer for your Twitch stream or even YouTube to load onto your phone.
However, 5G networks also solve one of the main problems that plague mobile gamers, lag. With lower latency, there are no delays when playing demanding mobile MOBAs or FPS games. Speaking of demanding: the phone has a powerful battery.
Built to last
The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G has a massive 5,000 mAh battery. The device held up with the PCMark battery test 23 hours and 43 minutes. With average usage, you might even be able to use it for two days on a single charge.
- The phone lasted 23 hours and 43 minutes
- It still does decent performance for a mid-ranger
We have seen many more high-end devices with smaller batteries. Hence, it is always nice to see a phone with a decent battery life. If the battery is running low in the middle of the day, you can also use the 15W fast charge to give the phone enough juice to keep you going all day.
Testing the camera functions
One of the most important characteristics of a phone is its ability to take good pictures. There is even a saying in the photo circle: "The best camera is the one you have with you.”
The fact is, phone photography has gotten so much better over the years and this has enabled many people to forego buying a proper camera and just stick to the ones they have on their phones (me included) .
However, the Galaxy A42 5G is equipped with a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, a 5-megapixel depth camera, and an ultra-wide camera.
I tested the camera in my apartment area as there was a lush flora with contrasting colors.
As you can see in the pictures, they are very vivid and feature the Samsung color palette with refreshing greens and eye-catching reds. The macro camera can also take some nice close-ups, provided you can get close to the subject.
The other good news is that the phone's camera bump isn't too big and this allows for a more stable experience on the table.
- Demonstrate the macro camera
- A very blurry paw
- Taking pictures of my cat using the phone's macro function
Features to watch out for
With the pandemic still ongoing, many have made payments using e-wallets and cards to avoid handling cash.
The Galaxy A42 5G has NFC functions. This means that you can pair your cards with Samsung Pay and pay in this way. This saves you the hassle of using physical money and the hassle of getting your card out of your wallet. Samsung Pay is accepted at any payment terminal that supports NFC.
The phone's display isn't bad either. It comes with a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED Infinity U display with the notch carved into the center of the screen in a U shape.
Playing and watching Netflix is fine on the device. However, I found that the setup for individual speakers at the bottom of the phone is something I had to work on. You must wear headphones when playing or you won't be able to hear much of the game with your fingers covering the speaker.
- The headphone jack is alive again!
- The patterned and holographic dot prism on the back of the phone
- the Infinity-U display of the Galaxy A42 5G
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However, the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G is a decent phone for those looking for a mid-ranger built for the future. The performance isn't a flagship, but it does games and daily chores well enough for those who don't just focus on gaming.
- Further information on the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G can be found at Here.
- Read about our previous reviews of Samsung devices Here.