Samsung recently introduced the Galaxy A42 smartphone as a new member of its mid-range series. The company recently unveiled a new variant of this handset sporting 5G connectivity. It took a while, but the South-Korean firm is finally moving itself to expand its offer of smartphones ready for the fifth-gen network. The Galaxy A42 5G will be the next affordable contender to come with seamless support for the new network standard. Just recently, the company detailed some of the specifications of the handset along with its price in the United Kingdom of around GBP 349. Now, the highly-anticipated smartphone has passed through Thailand’s NBTC certification. It hints at the phone arrival in Thailand as well as in other Asian countries.
As usual, NBTC certification does not reveal many details other than the model number for the upcoming device. The Galaxy A42 5G will sport an SM-A426B / DS model number which also confirms the dual-SIM capabilities of the handset. Thankfully, Samsung UK disclosed some of the hottest details of this handset a couple of days ago ahead of its release in the country.
The new 5G smartphone contender will hit the shelves in the United Kingdom starting on November 6. As aforementioned, the device will retail at GBP 349 which is just around USD 452. In fact, the Galaxy A42 will come as Samsung’s cheapest 5G smartphone. It should play this role until the company decides to unveil a 5G handset under the Galaxy A3x series or even under the Galaxy M series. The A42 5G will be available in three colorways Prism Dot Black, White, and Gray. The device will join the likes of Galaxy A51 5G and A71 5G. For now, Samsung’s offer of mid-range 5G handsets is rather limited, but we may see an improvement in the coming months.
Galaxy A42 5G alleged specifications
As per recent leaks, the Galaxy A42 5G flaunts a 6.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED panel with a waterdrop notch and an in-display fingerprint scanner. Under the hood, the handset comes with an Octa-Core chipset with 5G capabilities. It is said to come in three distinct flavors with 4GB, 6GB, and even 8GB of RAM. Storage-wise, it should start with 64GB and go up to 128GB. Of course, it will support microSD card expansion.
The phone will have a waterdrop notch serving as a house for a 20MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. Moving around to the rear, we have a square-ish Quad-Camera setup. It comprises a 48MP primary, 8MP ultrawide lens, 5MP depth, and a 5MP macro shooter. The phone will draw power from a 5,000mAh battery and is said to support 15W fast-charging. We’re disappointed to see that a phone with 5G and a somewhat premium price tag can’t even have 18W fast-charging.
It obviously ships with Android 10 and One UI 2.1 on top.