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Samsung Galaxy A42 5G smartphone review – Fast Samsung phone with modern network connection

Into the 5G era with low resolution. One of the Koreans' most popular mid-range models is now also being equipped with the fastest mobile network standard to date. In addition, there's more storage, a bigger battery, and a macro camera compared to the predecessor. However, we'll also have to cover the steps taken backwards by the device in this review...
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Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A41 is one of the most popular mid-range smartphones, at least if we look at the traffic figures in our reviews. But the Galaxy phone was also regularly represented in the smartphone sales charts last year. It is now getting a successor: The Samsung Galaxy A42 has become bigger, and it comes with more storage as well as a brand-new Qualcomm SoC. However, Samsung's mid-range smartphone is also significantly heavier, and the display's resolution is oddly very low.

However, the biggest improvement is certainly that it now has access to the fast 5G mobile network, but in return, the manufacturer's price for the Galaxy A42 has also been increased by 70 Euros (~$85) compared with the predecessor. This sounds like a combination that makes it necessary to take a closer look: Is the Galaxy A42 really a good buy? That's exactly what we want to find out now in our review.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G (Galaxy A Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G 8 x 1.8 - 2.2 GHz, Kryo 570 (Cortex-A77/A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 266 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 108 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G, 3G, 4G (B1/​2/​3/​4/​5/​7/​8/12/​17/​20/​28/​38/​40/​41), 5G (n1/​3/​5/​7/​8/​28/​40/​41/​78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.6 x 164.4 x 75.9 ( = 0.34 x 6.47 x 2.99 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 15-watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix f/​1.8, phase-detection AF, LED flash, videos @2160p/​30fps (camera 1); 8.0 MP, f/​2.2, wide-angle lens (camera 2); 5.0 MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (camera 3); 5.0 MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (camera 4)
Secondary Camera: 20 MPix f/​2.2, videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 1.154 W/​kg (Head), 1.334 W/​kg (Body);, fanless
Weight
193 g ( = 6.81 oz / 0.43 pounds), Power Supply: 65 g ( = 2.29 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
369 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
80 %
12/2020
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
193 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"1600x720
78 %
08/2020
Sony Xperia 10 II
SD 665, Adreno 610
151 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.00"2520x1080
84 %
08/2020
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
SD 765G, Adreno 620
192 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.57"2340x1080
83 %
07/2020
OnePlus Nord
SD 765G, Adreno 620
184 g256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.44"2440x1080
79 %
06/2020
Samsung Galaxy A41
Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2
152 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.10"2400x1080

Case – Plastic chassis with zones

With the same aspect ratio, the Galaxy A42's display is half an inch larger than on the predecessor. This is also clearly noticeable in terms of dimensions and weight: While the Galaxy A41 was still relatively compact, the Galaxy A42 is a thoroughly large smartphone that is no longer as well suited for smaller hands. However, the display bezels are narrow, and a small water-drop notch at the top houses the front-facing camera.

Once again, Samsung has come up with a special effect for the back side: It's divided into four zones that lie underneath each other. The uppermost zone is fully colored, while the zones below it have dot patterns of varying intensity. At the same time, incoming light is still refracted, so that rainbow colors show up. No wonder that the three color variants are called Prism Dot White, Prism Dot Black, and Prism Dot Gray.

The case is quite sturdy; the smartphone isn't affected by strong pressure exerted using the fingers, and it can hardly be twisted either. However, the back of the case is made of plastic, while the OnePlus Nord offers glass, for example.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

Size comparison

164.4 mm / 6.47 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 193 g0.4255 lbs163.7 mm / 6.44 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs158.3 mm / 6.23 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 184 g0.4057 lbs157 mm / 6.18 inch 69 mm / 2.72 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 151 g0.3329 lbs149.9 mm / 5.9 inch 69.8 mm / 2.75 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 152 g0.3351 lbs

Connectivity – NFC and low RAM

The 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage suits the Galaxy A42 well; the predecessor only offered a meager 64 GB of eMMC flash storage, which would actually no longer be acceptable in this price range. However, the Galaxy A42 still lags behind with its 4 GB of RAM; Xiaomi offers 6 GB and OnePlus even offers 8 GB.

You have to decide if you want to use two SIM cards at the same time or if you prefer to expand the storage space, since the second SIM slot is also the slot for the microSD card.

Thanks to NFC, mobile payment services can be used on the smartphone.

Bottom: 3.5 mm audio jack, USB-C, microphone, speaker
Bottom: 3.5 mm audio jack, USB-C, microphone, speaker
Top: Microphone
Top: Microphone
Right: Standby button, volume rocker
Right: Standby button, volume rocker
Left: SIM slot
Left: SIM slot

Software – Up-to-date security patches with Samsung

Samsung's OneUI is preinstalled on the smartphone; it's based on Android 10. The security patches are at the level of November 1, 2020 at the time of testing and, therefore, quite up to date. However, you have to put up with a few third-party apps that Samsung preinstalls. Some of them can be deleted, and some can only be disabled.

A DRM L1 certification is available, so that streaming content can be viewed in Full HD resolution.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G software
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G software
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G software

Communication and GPS – Wi-Fi 5 and 5G

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G also supports Wi-Fi 5. In our test with the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, the smartphone achieves slightly lower transfer speeds than the Galaxy A41, but the speed should be perceived as the same in everyday use. Generally, there are smartphones with faster WLAN in this price range such as the OnePlus Nord or the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G.

The highlight of the Galaxy A42 is, of course, the support of 5G networks. It should be noted here that although the SoC and its 5G modem generally also support fast mmWave frequencies, these are apparently disabled on the Galaxy A42. Consequently, only the somewhat slower sub-6-GHz networks can be used. This isn't a disadvantage in Europe yet, since most network providers still don't support mmWave here anyway. However, users who often travel to the USA or other countries might run into network limitations here.

LTE up to Cat 11 (600 Mb/s) for downloading data and Cat 12 (150 Mb/s) for uploading data are also supported. The frequency range is decent and sufficient for Europe, but the Galaxy phone is not a world phone that can access mobile Internet in every country in the world.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
OnePlus Nord
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
650 (563min - 668max) MBit/s ∼100% +98%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
628 (545min - 662max) MBit/s ∼97% +91%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio P65, 64 GB eMMC Flash
365 (349min - 370max) MBit/s ∼56% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
329 (307min - 340max) MBit/s ∼51%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Adreno 610, SD 665, 128 GB eMMC Flash
326 (263min - 342max) MBit/s ∼50% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=664)
295 MBit/s ∼45% -10%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
668 (618min - 677max) MBit/s ∼100% +104%
OnePlus Nord
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
563 (275min - 666max) MBit/s ∼84% +72%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio P65, 64 GB eMMC Flash
349 (339min - 355max) MBit/s ∼52% +6%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Adreno 610, SD 665, 128 GB eMMC Flash
334 (325min - 339max) MBit/s ∼50% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
328 (323min - 332max) MBit/s ∼49%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1599, n=664)
281 MBit/s ∼42% -14%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø328 (307-340)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø328 (323-332)
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
Available satellites
Available satellites

To evaluate the positioning's accuracy, we go for a ride on a bike and take the Garmin Edge 520 with us for comparison. We noticed that the Galaxy A42 measured a much longer distance than the Garmin navigation device. If you take a closer look at the route, it also becomes clear why: The route registered by the Galaxy phone repeatedly shows clear zigzag lines that we didn't ride like that. In addition, the location is often shown next to the actual street and apparently leads through houses. The Garmin navigation system isn't always exact here, but it's smoother overall when tracking the routes.

For this reason, you shouldn't rely on the Galaxy A42 5G if you want to find a very exact route, but the navigation's accuracy is sufficient for everyday use.

Garmin Edge 520 location – Overview
Garmin Edge 520 location – Overview
Garmin Edge 520 location – Turning point
Garmin Edge 520 location – Turning point
Garmin Edge 520 location – Bridge
Garmin Edge 520 location – Bridge
Samsung Galaxy A42 location – Overview
Samsung Galaxy A42 location – Overview
Samsung Galaxy A42 location – Turning point
Samsung Galaxy A42 location – Turning point
Samsung Galaxy A42 location – Bridge
Samsung Galaxy A42 location – Bridge

Telephone and call quality – Moderately understandable

Samsung uses an in-house programmed phone app, but users of other Android variants will quickly understand it as well. Phone calls via LTE or WLAN are possible.

Sound quality is average at best. The person on the other end sounds very muffled, but they remain intelligible, and we couldn't detect any interfering noises. When talking on the phone with the Galaxy A42, you shouldn't speak too loudly or too quietly, otherwise your voice will blare too much or the microphone will no longer transmit it. The other person sounds much clearer via speaker, but our voice is picked up with similar issues.

Cameras – Flexible system in the Galaxy A42

Front-facing camera sample
Front-facing camera sample

With a main camera, wide-angle lens, and macro lens, the Galaxy A42 offers an up-to-date variety of lenses at the back. In addition, there's a depth-of-field camera that is used to assist with portrait shots, but it can't be used to take photos on its own.

The main lens has 48 megapixels, but it usually only takes 12-megapixel pictures, so it always combines four pixels into one in order to increase the light output. In detail, pictures often don't look very accurate; for example, the smoke in the surroundings' image almost looks like a pixel smear. At the same time, the image sharpness in the plant shot proves to be unconvincing. Moreover, brightening could be better in situations with low light and high contrast, since these pictures generally don't look too bright. Nevertheless, the detail reproduction is quite decent here.

The wide-angle lens takes pictures that are quite grainy in detail. The macro lens can only be used in a special mode, and the resolution of 5 megapixels is completely okay. A multi-stage zoom between the wide-angle and standard lens is not possible; you can only switch directly between them.

The main camera can record 4K videos at a maximum of 30 fps. You can even switch between the wide-angle and standard lens while recording. The image quality is very decent, and the autofocus works quite adequately. However, digital video stabilization isn't available at the highest resolution.

The front-facing camera has a resolution of 20 megapixels and takes good selfies.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main lens - FlowerMain lens - SurroundingsMain lens - Low lightUltra wide angle

We take a closer look at the image quality of the main camera in the lab under controlled lighting conditions. There are slight problems again with the detail sharpness here, but we like the contrast very much. Colors look a bit pale, and areas are displayed with a slight pixel raster.

Overall, the camera quality of the Galaxy A42 5G is at the class level. Some rivals offer a few features such as an optical image stabilizer while the Galaxy smartphone lacks one.

ColorChecker
28.8 ∆E
49.4 ∆E
38.4 ∆E
34.6 ∆E
44.3 ∆E
60.4 ∆E
49.5 ∆E
33.7 ∆E
38.4 ∆E
28.2 ∆E
61.7 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
31.1 ∆E
45.8 ∆E
35 ∆E
71 ∆E
42.8 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
74.9 ∆E
68.5 ∆E
51.6 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy A42 5G: 44.46 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 74.92 ∆E
ColorChecker
18.3 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
18 ∆E
20.1 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
11 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
11 ∆E
13 ∆E
1 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy A42 5G: 11.61 ∆E min: 0.98 - max: 20.06 ∆E

Accessories and warranty – Flat rates for repairs

Samsung ships a power adapter, a USB cable, and a SIM tool with the device. Samsung offers a matching S View Cover with a window on the front for approximately 40 Euros (~$49) on its website.

The warranty covers 24 months. You can send the device in, but Samsung also operates service centers in many larger cities where you can leave the smartphone for repair. Mobile service teams are now also available in some regions and repair the smartphone directly on site upon request. Many damages are handled outside the warranty at fixed prices; this can be checked on the website in advance.

Input devices and handling – Decent control elements

The touchscreen can be operated smoothly and is also sensitive at the edges and in the corners. The hardware buttons for volume and standby mode are found on the right side of the case. They are nothing special in terms of quality, but can be found easily.

Samsung uses its own on-screen keyboard; it's clearly arranged and easy to use. If you want, you can easily install another keyboard app.

The fingerprint scanner isn't visible at first glance, because it's hidden behind the screen. You can also use the sensor in standby mode, but you should know then that it's located relatively far down on the screen; the position is only displayed after touching it. Maybe Samsung should have placed the sensor a bit higher up, since this setup made it necessary for us to move our finger around from time to time. Overall, however, the sensor is easy to use and unlocks the screen very quickly.

Face recognition can also be used to unlock the screen, but it's a software-based solution that is not quite as secure as Apple's Face ID, which uses an infrared projector, for example.

Keyboard landscape
Keyboard landscape
Keyboard portrait
Keyboard portrait

Display – Resolution is too low

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The Korean manufacturer makes a peculiar choice when it comes to the screen. Although the AMOLED display is quite large at 6.6 inches, it has a much lower resolution than all comparison devices: You only get 1600x720 pixels and thus a relatively low 266 pixels per inch. In fact, you don't need to look that closely to identify the pixel grid on the screen; this clearly detracts from the display's impression. You will also look in vain for a modern 90 Hz display like on the OnePlus Nord; 60 Hz is the limit.

Brightness isn't convincing in our test either. The display's average brightness is much lower than on all comparison devices. The Samsung Galaxy A41 predecessor has a considerably higher resolution with its smaller display diagonal size, and it also offers more brightness.

497
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
496
cd/m²
466
cd/m²
432
cd/m²
491
cd/m²
467
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 497 cd/m² Average: 462.4 cd/m² Minimum: 5.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 466 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.06 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
97.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.105
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
AMOLED, 1600x720, 6.60
Sony Xperia 10 II
OLED, 2520x1080, 6.00
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.57
OnePlus Nord
AMOLED, 2440x1080, 6.44
Samsung Galaxy A41
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.10
Screen
18%
28%
8%
6%
Brightness middle
466
591
27%
584
25%
529
14%
554
19%
Brightness
462
590
28%
583
26%
531
15%
559
21%
Brightness Distribution
85
97
14%
97
14%
94
11%
92
8%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.06
1.42
31%
1.17
43%
2.53
-23%
2
3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.14
3.83
38%
2.95
52%
4.52
26%
7.7
-25%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.8
2.4
-33%
1.7
6%
1.7
6%
1.6
11%
Gamma
2.105 105%
2.215 99%
2.231 99%
2.249 98%
2.11 104%
CCT
6444 101%
9014 72%
6341 103%
6462 101%
6589 99%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 242.7 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 242.7 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 242.7 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9686 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

In the "Natural" mode, which can be activated via the settings menu, the colors shown on the display are at least quite accurate, but strong green and red tones are clearly distorted here as well. However, there is no color tint in the grayscales in this mode.

As is typical for AMOLEDs, PWM flickering appears as soon as the brightness is lowered a bit. Therefore, you should try out the screen before buying it if you tend to get headaches from flickering displays. Response times are also a bit slower for an AMOLED screen than on some of the competitors, but they should still be just fast enough for gamers.

CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN grayscales
CalMAN grayscales
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN DCI-P3 color space
CalMAN DCI-P3 color space

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
10 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.5 ms).

Outdoors, you can use the smartphone without any problems as long as the day is not too sunny.

The viewing angles are good; you can still see the image content very accurately even from very flat viewing angles.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance – Samsung doesn't skimp on power

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is an evolution of the 730G with slightly more advanced high-performance cores and 5G capabilities. It seems to be a good choice for the Galaxy A42 5G, since it can beat most comparison phones in this price range or is at least on par with them in terms of processor performance.

The graphics performance, on the other hand, sits rather in the midfield, but it's still much higher than on the Galaxy A41 predecessor or the Sony Xperia 10 II.

Geekbench 5.3
OpenCL Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1252 Points ∼62%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
369 Points ∼18% -71%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1293 Points ∼64% +3%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1242 Points ∼62% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (1227 - 1252, n=3)
1241 Points ∼62% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (255 - 7514, n=78)
2011 Points ∼100% +61%
Vulkan Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1120 Points ∼63%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
457 Points ∼26% -59%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1183 Points ∼66% +6%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1169 Points ∼66% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (1081 - 1143, n=3)
1115 Points ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 6524, n=80)
1781 Points ∼100% +59%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1979 Points ∼99%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1405 Points ∼71% -29%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1908 Points ∼96% -4%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1966 Points ∼99% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1222 Points ∼61% -38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (1979 - 2009, n=3)
1992 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4201, n=185)
1931 Points ∼97% -2%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
658 Points ∼98%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
310 Points ∼46% -53%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
673 Points ∼100% +2%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
611 Points ∼91% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
357 Points ∼53% -46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (657 - 658, n=3)
658 Points ∼98% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (63 - 1604, n=185)
557 Points ∼83% -15%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
8063 Points ∼86%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6189 Points ∼66% -23%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
7786 Points ∼83% -3%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
9427 Points ∼100% +17%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
6742 Points ∼72% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (7547 - 8076, n=3)
7895 Points ∼84% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=583)
6149 Points ∼65% -24%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7583 Points ∼70%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
8730 Points ∼80%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
10876 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
7594 Points ∼70%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (8853 - 9794, n=2)
9324 Points ∼86%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19989, n=731)
6786 Points ∼62%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2858 Points ∼99%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2444 Points ∼84% -14%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2893 Points ∼100% +1%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
2867 Points ∼99% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2281 Points ∼79% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2858 - 2876, n=3)
2866 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4061, n=226)
2632 Points ∼91% -8%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2548 Points ∼80%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
981 Points ∼31% -61%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3198 Points ∼100% +26%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3185 Points ∼100% +25%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1005 Points ∼31% -61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2479 - 2548, n=3)
2512 Points ∼79% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 11259, n=226)
2999 Points ∼94% +18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2611 Points ∼83%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1132 Points ∼36% -57%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3130 Points ∼100% +20%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3108 Points ∼99% +19%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1148 Points ∼37% -56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2581 - 2611, n=3)
2598 Points ∼83% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6977, n=226)
2642 Points ∼84% +1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3636 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2541 Points ∼70% -30%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3495 Points ∼96% -4%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3544 Points ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2427 Points ∼67% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (3636 - 3659, n=3)
3648 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=589)
2309 Points ∼63% -36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2845 Points ∼79%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
985 Points ∼27% -65%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3589 Points ∼100% +26%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3556 Points ∼99% +25%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1028 Points ∼29% -64%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2762 - 2845, n=3)
2810 Points ∼78% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=589)
2342 Points ∼65% -18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2990 Points ∼83%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1140 Points ∼32% -62%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3605 Points ∼100% +21%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3553 Points ∼99% +19%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1179 Points ∼33% -61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2956 - 2990, n=3)
2973 Points ∼82% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=590)
2154 Points ∼60% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3597 Points ∼99%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2503 Points ∼69% -30%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3492 Points ∼96% -3%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3555 Points ∼98% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2466 Points ∼68% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (3597 - 3651, n=2)
3624 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=616)
2213 Points ∼61% -38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4298 Points ∼80%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1667 Points ∼31% -61%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5335 Points ∼100% +24%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5357 Points ∼100% +25%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1486 Points ∼28% -65%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (4211 - 4298, n=3)
4257 Points ∼79% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 22052, n=618)
3161 Points ∼59% -26%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4120 Points ∼84%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1801 Points ∼37% -56%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4893 Points ∼100% +19%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4815 Points ∼98% +17%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1630 Points ∼33% -60%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (4098 - 4120, n=3)
4109 Points ∼84% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=618)
2597 Points ∼53% -37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3588 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2580 Points ∼72% -28%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3425 Points ∼95% -5%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3503 Points ∼98% -2%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2296 Points ∼64% -36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (3542 - 3588, n=3)
3565 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=665)
2167 Points ∼60% -40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2667 Points ∼80%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
984 Points ∼30% -63%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3321 Points ∼100% +25%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3284 Points ∼99% +23%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1016 Points ∼31% -62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2549 - 2667, n=3)
2611 Points ∼79% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=665)
1910 Points ∼58% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2828 Points ∼85%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1141 Points ∼34% -60%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3346 Points ∼100% +18%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3330 Points ∼100% +18%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1160 Points ∼35% -59%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2778 - 2828, n=3)
2801 Points ∼84% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=666)
1811 Points ∼54% -36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3607 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2596 Points ∼72% -28%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3452 Points ∼96% -4%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3476 Points ∼96% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2181 Points ∼60% -40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (3523 - 3657, n=3)
3596 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5301, n=708)
2044 Points ∼57% -43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4189 Points ∼72%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1642 Points ∼28% -61%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5832 Points ∼100% +39%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5171 Points ∼89% +23%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1093 Points ∼19% -74%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (4072 - 4189, n=3)
4119 Points ∼71% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=707)
2563 Points ∼44% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4044 Points ∼86%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1788 Points ∼38% -56%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4693 Points ∼100% +16%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4665 Points ∼99% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1229 Points ∼26% -70%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2825 - 4044, n=3)
3622 Points ∼77% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=710)
2186 Points ∼47% -46%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
19708 Points ∼94%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
20024 Points ∼95% +2%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
20429 Points ∼97% +4%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21016 Points ∼100% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
17231 Points ∼82% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (19708 - 20351, n=3)
20045 Points ∼95% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 59268, n=852)
16095 Points ∼77% -18%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
56286 Points ∼81%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
25351 Points ∼36% -55%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
69506 Points ∼100% +23%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
69285 Points ∼100% +23%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
22232 Points ∼32% -61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (54788 - 56286, n=3)
55662 Points ∼80% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 224130, n=850)
29331 Points ∼42% -48%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
39850 Points ∼87%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
23936 Points ∼52% -40%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
45304 Points ∼99% +14%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
45872 Points ∼100% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
20885 Points ∼46% -48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (39807 - 40032, n=3)
39896 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=850)
22459 Points ∼49% -44%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
91 fps ∼94%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
36 fps ∼37% -60%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
95 fps ∼98% +4%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
97 fps ∼100% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
39 fps ∼40% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (90 - 91, n=3)
90.3 fps ∼93% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=845)
49.5 fps ∼51% -46%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
60 fps ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
30 fps ∼50% -50%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
60 fps ∼100% 0%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
37 fps ∼62% -38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (50 - 60, n=3)
56.7 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 142, n=854)
33 fps ∼55% -45%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
46 fps ∼84%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
19 fps ∼35% -59%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
49 fps ∼89% +7%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
55 fps ∼100% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
21 fps ∼38% -54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (45 - 46, n=3)
45.3 fps ∼82% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 180, n=750)
29.6 fps ∼54% -36%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
59 fps ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
15 fps ∼25% -75%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
55 fps ∼93% -7%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
50 fps ∼85% -15%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
20 fps ∼34% -66%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (40 - 59, n=3)
46.3 fps ∼78% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 119, n=758)
24.3 fps ∼41% -59%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
33 fps ∼87%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
13 fps ∼34% -61%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
38 fps ∼100% +15%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
38 fps ∼100% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
13 fps ∼34% -61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (33 - 33, n=3)
33 fps ∼87% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=613)
23.5 fps ∼62% -29%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
56 fps ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
10 fps ∼18% -82%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
33 fps ∼59% -41%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
34 fps ∼61% -39%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
13 fps ∼23% -77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (29 - 56, n=3)
38 fps ∼68% -32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=615)
21.1 fps ∼38% -62%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
21 fps ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
3.9 (2.7min) fps ∼19% -81%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
13 fps ∼62% -38%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
13 fps ∼62% -38%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
4.9 fps ∼23% -77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (11 - 21, n=3)
14.3 fps ∼68% -32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=382)
12 fps ∼57% -43%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7.4 fps ∼87%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2.7 fps ∼32% -64%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
8.5 fps ∼100% +15%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
8.5 fps ∼100% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2.8 fps ∼33% -62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (7.4 - 7.5, n=3)
7.43 fps ∼87% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=380)
8.32 fps ∼98% +12%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
33 fps ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6.7 fps ∼20% -80%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
21 fps ∼64% -36%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21 fps ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
7.5 fps ∼23% -77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (17 - 33, n=3)
22.3 fps ∼68% -32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 64, n=386)
17.9 fps ∼54% -46%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
20 fps ∼83%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
8.1 fps ∼34% -59%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
24 fps ∼100% +20%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
24 fps ∼100% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
7.5 fps ∼31% -62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (19 - 20, n=3)
19.7 fps ∼82% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=386)
20.4 fps ∼85% +2%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
19 fps ∼90%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7.1 fps ∼34% -63%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
21 fps ∼100% +11%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21 fps ∼100% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8.1 fps ∼39% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (18 - 19, n=3)
18.7 fps ∼89% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 75, n=538)
15.7 fps ∼75% -17%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
33 fps ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
5.7 fps ∼17% -83%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
18 fps ∼55% -45%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
19 fps ∼58% -42%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
7.7 fps ∼23% -77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (16 - 33, n=3)
21.7 fps ∼66% -34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=542)
13.8 fps ∼42% -58%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
299167 Points ∼90%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
170126 Points ∼51% -43%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
318669 Points ∼96% +7%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
332074 Points ∼100% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
157473 Points ∼47% -47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (291387 - 331554, n=3)
307369 Points ∼93% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (16982 - 700592, n=162)
327127 Points ∼99% +9%
VRMark - Amber Room (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2589 Score ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1164 Score ∼45% -55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2568 - 2589, n=2)
2579 Score ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 7649, n=102)
2592 Score ∼100% 0%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1468 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
947 Points ∼65% -35%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1462 Points ∼100% 0%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1441 Points ∼98% -2%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1062 Points ∼72% -28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (1233 - 1468, n=3)
1374 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 2169, n=775)
849 Points ∼58% -42%
Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4017 Points ∼77%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1911 Points ∼37% -52%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5201 Points ∼100% +29%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5203 Points ∼100% +30%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1113 Points ∼21% -72%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (3947 - 4017, n=3)
3984 Points ∼77% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=775)
2672 Points ∼51% -33%
Memory (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4543 Points ∼80%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1804 Points ∼32% -60%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5683 Points ∼100% +25%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5296 Points ∼93% +17%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2148 Points ∼38% -53%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (4543 - 4769, n=3)
4666 Points ∼82% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=775)
2013 Points ∼35% -56%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7052 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
4911 Points ∼70% -30%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
6069 Points ∼86% -14%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
6801 Points ∼96% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5142 Points ∼73% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (7033 - 7064, n=3)
7050 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 49782, n=775)
3694 Points ∼52% -48%
Overall (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3708 Points ∼91%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2001 Points ∼49% -46%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4094 Points ∼100% +10%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4054 Points ∼99% +9%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1901 Points ∼46% -49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (3654 - 3708, n=3)
3683 Points ∼90% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6402, n=775)
1873 Points ∼46% -49%
Basemark GPU 1.2
Vulkan Medium Native (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
38.22 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
10.45 fps ∼27% -73%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (23.4 - 38.2, n=2)
30.8 fps ∼81% -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.5 - 61.5, n=30)
27.1 fps ∼71% -29%
1920x1080 Vulkan Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
27.04 fps ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12.07 fps ∼38% -55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (26.5 - 27, n=2)
26.8 fps ∼85% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.71 - 84.4, n=32)
31.7 fps ∼100% +17%
1280x720 Vulkan Simple Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
195.78 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
84.2 fps ∼43% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (194 - 196, n=2)
195 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22.7 - 452, n=28)
190 fps ∼97% -3%
OpenGL Medium Native (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
40.66 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
10.56 fps ∼26% -74%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (24.3 - 40.7, n=2)
32.5 fps ∼80% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5 - 67.2, n=31)
28.7 fps ∼71% -29%
1920x1080 OpenGL Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
27.25 fps ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy A41
Mediatek Helio P65, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12.2 fps ∼38% -55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (27.3 - 27.3, n=2)
27.3 fps ∼85% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.8 - 98.8, n=34)
32.1 fps ∼100% +18%

The test device is quite fast when browsing the Internet, but you should also consider that less performance is required due to the low screen resolution. Nevertheless, websites are loaded pretty quickly, and images are partly already visible while scrolling. This makes browsing the Internet much faster than with the predecessor.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
58.665 Points ∼100% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G (Chrome 87)
54.661 Points ∼93%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G (52.7 - 54.7, n=3)
53.4 Points ∼91% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
50.232 Points ∼86% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 161, n=237)
43.2 Points ∼74% -21%
Samsung Galaxy A41 (Chrome 83.0.4103.101)
32.643 Points ∼56% -40%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G (Chrome 87)
94.517 Points ∼100%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
94.481 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G (93 - 94.5, n=2)
93.8 Points ∼99% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
93.643 Points ∼99% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A41 (Chrome 83.0.4103.101)
55.972 Points ∼59% -41%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 375, n=668)
50.8 Points ∼54% -46%
Sony Xperia 10 II (Chrome 84)
49.315 Points ∼52% -48%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
OnePlus Nord (Chome 84)
53.6 runs/min ∼100% +13%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
50.7 runs/min ∼95% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G (Chome 87)
47.6 runs/min ∼89%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G (46.2 - 47.6, n=2)
46.9 runs/min ∼88% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 196, n=213)
45.4 runs/min ∼85% -5%
Samsung Galaxy A41 (Chrome 83.0.4103.101)
27.8 runs/min ∼52% -42%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
101 Points ∼100% +35%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
76 Points ∼75% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G (75 - 76, n=2)
75.5 Points ∼75% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G (Chrome 87)
75 Points ∼74%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=307)
71.2 Points ∼70% -5%
Samsung Galaxy A41 (Chrome 83.0.4103.101)
52 Points ∼51% -31%
Sony Xperia 10 II (Chrome 84)
47 Points ∼47% -37%
Octane V2 - Total Score
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
19143 Points ∼100% +7%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
18556 Points ∼97% +4%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G (Chrome 87)
17899 Points ∼94%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G (17786 - 17899, n=3)
17831 Points ∼93% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A41 (Chrome 83.0.4103.101)
10499 Points ∼55% -41%
Sony Xperia 10 II (Chrome 84)
9671 Points ∼51% -46%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 58632, n=840)
8529 Points ∼45% -52%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 59466, n=866)
9416 ms * ∼100% -253%
Sony Xperia 10 II (Chrome 84)
4629.3 ms * ∼49% -74%
Samsung Galaxy A41 (Chrome 83.0.4103.101)
3778.9 ms * ∼40% -42%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
2834.8 ms * ∼30% -6%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G (Chrome 87)
2665 ms * ∼28%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
2602.2 ms * ∼28% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G (2468 - 2665, n=3)
2585 ms * ∼27% +3%

* ... smaller is better

With UFS 2.1 storage, the Samsung phone is at the class level, and the transfer speeds are on par with other devices in this price range. Our reference microSD card, a Toshiba Exceria Pro M501, also shows fast read and write rates.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5GSony Xperia 10 IIXiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5GOnePlus NordSamsung Galaxy A41Average 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-62%
-3%
-14%
-39%
-21%
-51%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
67.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
26.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-61%
67 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
60.2 (8.4 - 72.4, n=42)
-11%
51.8 (1.7 - 87.1, n=576)
-23%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
86.3 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
29.15 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-66%
83.01 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
76.4 (13.4 - 88.3, n=42)
-11%
69.8 (8.1 - 96.5, n=576)
-19%
Random Write 4KB
147.7
56.74
-62%
138.47
-6%
104.5
-29%
72.53
-51%
115 (18.2 - 290, n=74)
-22%
42 (0.14 - 319, n=953)
-72%
Random Read 4KB
168.5
76.83
-54%
156.45
-7%
126.7
-25%
84
-50%
144 (92.6 - 239, n=74)
-15%
64.7 (1.59 - 325, n=953)
-62%
Sequential Write 256KB
476
188.21
-60%
476.87
0%
473.1
-1%
211.05
-56%
250 (182 - 511, n=74)
-47%
144 (2.99 - 1321, n=953)
-70%
Sequential Read 256KB
963
293.49
-70%
979.54
2%
955.5
-1%
299.89
-69%
779 (427 - 999, n=74)
-19%
370 (12.1 - 2037, n=953)
-62%

Games – For moderate requirements

The Galaxy A42 comes with a special gaming SoC, for which Qualcomm also promises driver updates to adapt it to modern mobile games. It's currently possible to play simple games at 60 fps, but the frame rate of the team shooter Armajet sometimes drops when you move the screen section, which is obviously problematic in a fast action game.

Asphalt 9 is not exactly known for its stable frame rates. Even on the Galaxy A42, you have to deal with minor drops below 30 fps time and again, but you can play the racing game more smoothly. Stuttering is visible in PUBG Mobile, but a relatively constant 40 fps is achieved at low settings. We measured the frame rates with GameBench's software suite.

Overall, the Galaxy A42 is acceptable for gamers with moderate needs, but those who always want to play the latest and most demanding games will probably have to look for an even faster smartphone.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
Armajet
Armajet
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; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 1.1.0: Ø39.9 (37-41)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.1.0: Ø29.9 (28-31)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; High Quality; 2.6.3a: Ø29.5 (25-32)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; Standard / low; 2.6.3a: Ø28.9 (15-31)
; Armajet; 1.56.6: Ø55.4 (7-61)

Emissions – No throttling under load

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

Under prolonged load, the case heats up to a maximum of 43.1 °C (~110 °F) in the area of the screen's upper edge. This heat development is clearly noticeable, but it only has the potential to become really critical in very hot ambient temperatures.

We also look at whether the smartphone might have to throttle its performance after prolonged load to avoid overheating. However, that is not the case with the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G.

Max. Load
 43 °C
109 F
39.2 °C
103 F
35.5 °C
96 F
 
 43 °C
109 F
39.4 °C
103 F
35.3 °C
96 F
 
 43.1 °C
110 F
38.5 °C
101 F
35.5 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 43.1 °C = 110 F
Average: 39.2 °C = 103 F
32.5 °C
91 F
36.9 °C
98 F
37.4 °C
99 F
33.6 °C
92 F
38.9 °C
102 F
41.1 °C
106 F
33.8 °C
93 F
38.6 °C
101 F
41.1 °C
106 F
Maximum: 41.1 °C = 106 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  35 °C = 95 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.2 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.1 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.1 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.3 °C / 90 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
Heatmap front
Heatmap front
Heatmap back
Heatmap back

Speaker

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

Although the small mono speaker doesn't get quite as loud as the predecessor, it still delivers quite decent sound. However, you should avoid turning up the volume to the maximum if possible; highs are clearly distorted here.

You can connect devices for audio output via the 3.5 mm audio jack on the case's lower edge or via Bluetooth 5.0. This works without problems, and a clean signal is delivered.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.946.32539.337.53131.128.44033.533.15034.537.96325.428.18019.219.510018.519.412516.823.816014.936.920011.643.125010.948.331511.653.740010.758.850010.761.863010.261.380017.764.7100015.269.8125010.769.416009.571200010.470.1250010.669315010.966.4400012.267.9500012.673.7630013.273.9800013.877.51000014.570.91250015.4601600016.156.9SPL66.424.982.9N20.40.654.1median 12.2median 64.7Delta2.39.834.829.419.626.323.92524.324.730.533.418.726.820.422.518.621.417.517.419.532.919.239.416.448.315.254.314.25714.760.413.862.514.66714.168.613.568.414.473.113.976.513.878.413.873.714.772.414.275.414.473.714.974.61563.415.152.315.350.126.585.50.859.7median 14.7median 63.40.813.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy A42 5GSamsung Galaxy A41
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 27% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 53% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy A41 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.9% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 74% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life – The larger battery is good

Energy consumption

The Galaxy A42 5G's power consumption is significantly higher than the predecessor's, which isn't surprising considering the larger display. The smartphone also offers considerably more performance than the Galaxy A41. Compared with other devices in the price range, energy consumption is initially at a similar level under low load, but it increases significantly under high load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.6 / 2 / 2.6 Watt
Load midlight 7.1 / 9.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
5000 mAh
Sony Xperia 10 II
3600 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
4160 mAh
OnePlus Nord
4115 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A41
3500 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
11%
9%
18%
41%
13%
31%
Idle Minimum *
1.6
1.5
6%
1.5
6%
1.8
-13%
0.96
40%
1.133 (0.5 - 1.6, n=3)
29%
0.89 (0.2 - 3.4, n=939)
44%
Idle Average *
2
2.1
-5%
2.2
-10%
2.1
-5%
1.57
21%
1.867 (1.5 - 2.1, n=3)
7%
1.758 (0.6 - 6.2, n=938)
12%
Idle Maximum *
2.6
2.8
-8%
2.9
-12%
2.3
12%
1.61
38%
2.28 (2.1 - 2.6, n=3)
12%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=939)
22%
Load Average *
7.1
4.5
37%
4.4
38%
3.4
52%
2.93
59%
6.5 (5.39 - 7.1, n=3)
8%
4.14 (0.8 - 10.8, n=933)
42%
Load Maximum *
9.5
7.2
24%
7.2
24%
5.2
45%
4.97
48%
8.6 (7.4 - 9.5, n=3)
9%
6.16 (1.2 - 14.2, n=933)
35%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The Galaxy A42 5G's battery life is convincing; the large 5,000 mAh battery pays off here. It has a very good endurance of over 16 hours in our WLAN test, which is sufficient for two workdays of continuous use under light load. With the usual breaks during use, a few more days without a battery charge are still possible in everyday usage.

However, Xiaomi's Mi 10 Lite 5G shows that you can also get very good runtimes out of smaller batteries; it's clearly ahead especially when watching videos or under load. As a result, the energy efficiency of our Samsung review sample is rather mid-range, but the large battery still provides good runtimes.

Nevertheless, such a high-capacity battery also needs to be charged, and the 15-watt charger does this rather slowly: You have to factor in over 2 hours of charging time when the battery is fully discharged. Even if you don't have to recharge the battery completely, it takes much longer than with the OnePlus Nord, for example, which charges twice as fast overall.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
33h 35min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 07min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 23min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 04min
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
5000 mAh
Sony Xperia 10 II
3600 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
4160 mAh
OnePlus Nord
4115 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A41
3500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-23%
6%
-11%
-20%
Reader / Idle
2015
1683
-16%
2003
-1%
1843
-9%
H.264
1103
1403
27%
1064
-4%
998
-10%
WiFi v1.3
967
743
-23%
884
-9%
869
-10%
650
-33%
Load
364
448
23%
261
-28%
268
-26%

Pros

+ quite a lot of power
+ flexible camera system
+ 5G capable
+ no throttling under load
+ long battery life

Cons

- moderate positioning accuracy
- low-resolution display
- moderate call quality
- only a 60 Hz display
- slow charging

Verdict – The Galaxy A42 takes steps forwards as well as backwards

In review: Samsung Galaxy A42 5G. Test device provided by Samsung Germany.
In review: Samsung Galaxy A42 5G. Test device provided by Samsung Germany.

With the Galaxy A42 5G, Samsung updates one of its best-sellers. Modern 5G, more storage, significantly improved battery life, a larger display, and decent features make the Galaxy A42 look enticing at first. Samsung's mid-range phone doesn't need to hide in terms of performance either.

However, if you look at what Xiaomi or OnePlus have to offer at a similar price level, things start to get tougher for the Galaxy A42: Here, there's only a 60 Hz display, a relatively slow charging process for the battery, the positioning is not really accurate, and the WLAN speed lags behind some rivals as well.

The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G is a modern mid-range smartphone with a low-resolution screen.

Above all, Samsung didn't do itself any favors by installing a very low-resolution display and then massively increasing the screen diagonal size. You can see the pixel grid with the naked eye, which considerably reduces the display's perceived quality.

For Samsung fans, the Galaxy A42 offers significant improvements compared to its predecessor, but those who want to get as much as possible for their money are still better off with other manufacturers.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G - 12/16/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
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