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Motorola Moto G42: Budget 4G smartphone with OLED panel and a 50 MP camera

Lightweight: The Motorola Moto G42 only weighs 175 grams despite its 6.43-inch size.
Lightweight: The Motorola Moto G42 only weighs 175 grams despite its 6.43-inch size.
Motorola challenges the smartphone mid-range with the Moto G42. This means that a good price-performance ratio is a must, and the 6.43-inch Moto G42 delivers just that. For little money, you get a comparatively large amount of features. The highlights are the bright AMOLED display and the large battery.

Smartphones with AMOLED displays continue to be rare in the mid-range. However, the Motorola Moto G42 also impresses with its panel brightness in the test. The AMOLED display achieves a peak brightness of over 700 cd/m², which is outstanding by mid-range standards. This is complemented by good image quality and a very homogeneous brightness distribution across the display surface. The only compromise of the panel is that the refresh rate is fixed at 60 Hz

Two days of battery life are realistic

The bright AMOLED display is joined by another highlight in the Moto G42: A 5,000 mAh battery. It helps the smartphone achieve above-average battery runtimes in the test. As a result, the Moto G42 should definitely last for two days in a row without recharging, even under intensive use. Good: A 20-watt charger is included in the box.

Solid everyday performance

Motorola equips the Moto G42 with the Snapdragon 680 4G, which offers a solid everyday performance and doesn't support 5G connectivity. The smartphone doesn't have too much performance potential, but it can run modern games smoothly in the test if you're willing to lower the graphics details in case of doubt. The good configuration also includes a 50 MP camera and an 8 MP ultra wide-angle camera, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and a dual-SIM slot that can also accommodate a microSD card of up to 1 TB.

Up to 128 GB of internal storage

Motorola offers the Moto G42 in several storage capacities. Officially, the manufacturer only sells one variant in Germany: With 4 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.2 storage, the smartphone costs 250 Euros (~$255). The 4/64 GB variant is cheaper and can be purchased from online retailers like Amazon for around 200 Euros (~$299). The Moto G42 is also available in a version with 6 GB of RAM, which is apparently not intended for the European market. You can read the full review of the Motorola Moto G42 here.

You can read the full review of the Motorola Moto G42 here.

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Manuel Masiero, 2022-07-29 (Update: 2022-07-29)