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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize camera quality and battery life, the Samsung Galaxy A42 is the better option as it offers marginally better overall camera quality and longer battery life. However, if you prefer a crisper display with higher refresh rates, you might lean towards the Samsung Galaxy A23, which has a superior screen quality and a higher refresh rate for smoother scrolling and animations. Both phones have a large screen of the same size, plastic bodies, and support 5G connectivity. They run on Android with similar storage capacities and neither has wireless charging, but the A23 is newer and lighter, which may offer a more modern design and slightly enhanced portability. Keep in mind that the A23 is typically cheaper, so if budget is a significant factor for you, it may be the more attractive choice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A23
  • Good display quality
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A42
  • Best in class battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

4.7
Galaxy A23
Galaxy A42
5.3
The Samsung Galaxy A42 and Samsung Galaxy A23 both have poor overall camera quality, though the Samsung Galaxy A42 has somewhat better overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

4.7
Galaxy A23
Galaxy A42
5.3
The Samsung Galaxy A42 and Samsung Galaxy A23 both have poor photos, though the Samsung Galaxy A42 takes somewhat better photos.

Video Quality

4.3
Galaxy A23
Galaxy A42
5.2
The Samsung Galaxy A42 and Samsung Galaxy A23 both have poor videos, though the Samsung Galaxy A42 takes somewhat better videos.

Battery

9.3 Hours
Galaxy A23
Galaxy A42
10.7 Hours
The Samsung Galaxy A23 has 9.3 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy A42 has 10.7 hours of battery life.
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Key similarities

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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy A23 has a screen size of 6.6 inches and the Samsung Galaxy A42 is 6.6 inches.

Cost

$350
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Galaxy A42
$360
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The Samsung Galaxy A23 has a price of $350 and the Samsung Galaxy A42 costs $360.

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How the Samsung Galaxy A23 and the Samsung Galaxy A42 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Samsung Galaxy A23Samsung Galaxy A42
Samsung Galaxy A23Samsung Galaxy A42

GENERAL

Price
$350
$360
Brand
SamsungSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
September 2, 2022November 11, 2020

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.6"6.6"
Resolution
2408 x 10801600 x 720
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
400266
Display Type
LCDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD695SD750
Internal Storage
64 GB64 GB
RAM
4 GB4 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
4.7/105.4/10
Photos Score
4.8/105.4/10
Videos Score
4.4/105.2/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, MacroMain, Ultrawide, Macro
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS48 megapixels

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.3 Hours10.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
5000 mAh5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
NoNo
Wireless charging Speed
0 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
6.51" x 3.03"6.47" x 2.99"
Weight
6.95 oz6.81 oz
Back Material
PlasticPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
NoNo
Bluetooth Version
5.15.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
55
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 30, 66, 77(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
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: SideFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
BlackBlack, Gray, White
Stock Android
NoNo
SD Card
YesYes

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Samsung Galaxy A23

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Android Police

Connor Nolan | October 2022
"With four years of security updates, a Snapdragon 695, and far and away the best display at this price point, the Samsung Galaxy A23 5G is one of the best values in the budget category you're likely to see for quite a while. Buy it if you want a super long support life for your budget phone."

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 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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