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Galaxy A42
$450
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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a high-quality camera, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is superior with better photo and video quality, and has a larger array of camera features like a telephoto lens. It also has a more premium build with a glass back, a higher resolution and larger screen, and better overall performance due to more RAM and a more advanced processor. However, it's more expensive compared to the Samsung Galaxy A42, which has a plastic back and lower camera quality. If you're looking for a more affordable option with decent performance and 5G connectivity, the Galaxy A42 might be suitable, but you'll compromise on camera capabilities and screen quality. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy A42
5.3
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has very good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy A42 has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

8.0
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy A42
5.3
The Google Pixel 6 Pro takes very good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy A42 takes poor photos.

Video Quality

7.3
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy A42
5.2
The Google Pixel 6 Pro takes good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy A42 takes poor videos.

Battery

6.7 Hours
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy A42
10.7 Hours
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has 6.7 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy A42 has 10.7 hours of battery life.

Cost

$450
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy A42
$360
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The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a price of $450 and the Samsung Galaxy A42 costs $360.
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How the Google Pixel 6 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy A42 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Google Pixel 6 ProSamsung Galaxy A42
Google Pixel 6 ProSamsung Galaxy A42

GENERAL

Price
$450
$360
Brand
GoogleSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
October 28, 2022November 11, 2020

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.71"6.6"
Resolution
3120 x 14401600 x 720
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
512266
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorSD750
Internal Storage
128 gb64 gb
RAM
12 gb4 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/105.4/10
Photos Score
8.1/105.4/10
Videos Score
7.4/105.2/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Super TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Macro
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS48 megapixels

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.7 hours10.7 hours
Battery Capacity
5003 mah5000 mah
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
23 w0 w
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (5 watts)No

PHYSICAL

Size
6.45" x 2.99"6.47" x 2.99"
Weight
7.41 oz6.81 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesNo
Bluetooth Version
5.25.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e5
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78 (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: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
Yes (Except Verizon Models)No
Color
Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta SunnyBlack, Gray, White
Stock Android
YesNo
SD Card
NoYes

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better CameraGoogle Pixel 6 Pro
Better BatterySamsung Galaxy A42
Better ScreenGoogle Pixel 6 Pro
Better performanceGoogle Pixel 6 Pro

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Google Pixel 6 Pro

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James Peckham | August 2022
"The Google Pixel 6 Pro has one of the best screens you’ll find on a smartphone, and you’ll get a bright and bold picture no matter what you’re doing. That’s a big deal for many, and for some it may be reason enough to buy this phone. Its main sensor is fantastic, the telephoto is strong and there are new exciting software features too."

Samsung Galaxy A42

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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."

About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

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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