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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera quality is a priority for you, the Asus Zenfone 10 offers better photo and video capabilities than the Samsung Galaxy A42, but at a higher price. Conversely, the Samsung Galaxy A42, while more affordable, has a larger screen and longer battery life, but the camera and screen resolution are less impressive. Both phones have plastic bodies, OLED screens, and run on Android. To balance between cost and functionalities, consider how important a high-quality camera, a faster refresh rate, and better performance are to you compared to battery life and screen size. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Asus Zenfone 10
  • Good display quality
  • Excellent performance
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A42
  • Best in class battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

6.5
Zenfone 10
Galaxy A42
5.3
The Asus Zenfone 10 has only fair overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy A42 has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

6.1
Zenfone 10
Galaxy A42
5.3
The Asus Zenfone 10 takes only fair photos, while the Samsung Galaxy A42 takes poor photos.

Video Quality

6.7
Zenfone 10
Galaxy A42
5.2
The Asus Zenfone 10 takes only fair videos, while the Samsung Galaxy A42 takes poor videos.

Battery

8.7 Hours
Zenfone 10
Galaxy A42
10.7 Hours
The Asus Zenfone 10 has 8.7 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy A42 has 10.7 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Asus Zenfone 10 has a screen size of 5.92 inches and the Samsung Galaxy A42 is 6.6 inches.

Cost

$700
Zenfone 10
Galaxy A42
$360
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The Asus Zenfone 10 has a price of $700 and the Samsung Galaxy A42 costs $360.
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How the Asus Zenfone 10 and the Samsung Galaxy A42 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Asus Zenfone 10Samsung Galaxy A42
Asus Zenfone 10Samsung Galaxy A42

GENERAL

Price
$700
$360
Brand
AsusSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
August 22, 2023November 11, 2020

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.92"6.6"
Resolution
2400 x 10801600 x 720
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
445266
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD8G2SD750
Internal Storage
128 GB64 GB
RAM
8 GB4 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
6.6/105.4/10
Photos Score
6.2/105.4/10
Videos Score
6.8/105.2/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Macro
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS48 megapixels

BATTERY

Battery Life
8.7 Hours10.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
4300 mAh5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
7.5 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.77" x 2.68"6.47" x 2.99"
Weight
6.07 oz6.81 oz
Back Material
PlasticPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesNo
Bluetooth Version
5.35.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
75
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 88(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 25, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 41, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: SideFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Midnight Black, Starry Blue, Aurora Green, Comet White, Eclipse RedBlack, Gray, White
Stock Android
YesNo
SD Card
NoYes

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Asus Zenfone 10

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Tom's Guide

Richard Priday | August 2023
"It's the best small phone for fans of compact handsets, but the Asus Zenfone 10 could pull users away from Samsung and Google flagships with top-quality performance and battery life. If you can forgive its more limited photography options and the shorter-than-average software support window, the Zenfone 10 is a top choice."

Samsung Galaxy A42

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Android Central

Ara Wagoner | July 2021
"I need a battery that won't care if I forget to charge it every night, and I need a nice big screen for watching my shows on the go. The 5,000mAh battery will let you get two full days out of the A42. The A42 is right up your alley as an affordable 5G phone that won't die just because you had to crash at a friend's and forgot your phone charger at home."

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About ASUS

Asus is a well-known player in the mobile world, and in the past few years it has been known for covering specific niches in the smartphone market. Their Zenfone line of devices appeal to small phone enthusiasts, by providing very well-rounded and capable phones at a package that is not too large to operate with one hand – something hard to find in modern Android smartphones. Conversely, their ROG line of devices cater to mobile gamers, by providing a slew of hardware and software features, specifically tailored to enhance the mobile gaming experience. Additionally, Asus is one of the only manufacturers left that continues to include headphone jacks in their lineup of phones, a feature that has become exceedingly rare in today's market.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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