The Galaxy A42 5G features a 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a pinhole cutout for the 20-megapixel (MP) front-facing camera. On the rear, like other mid-range A-series phones, it has a four-camera setup that consists of 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide camera, a 5MP macro camera, and 5MP depth camera.
On the memory side, the Galaxy A42 5G has 4GB or memory and 128GB of storage space with a microSD that supports up to 1TB of additional storage. The battery has a 5000mAh capacity and supports 15W fast charging, but no wireless charging or water resistance.
There's also an on-screen fingerprint sensor. The phone is available in black, white and grey.
Consumers will be comparing the Galaxy A42 with OnePlus's aggressively priced mid-range OnePlus Nord, a 5G handset launched in Europe and the UK this July but which hasn't been released in the US.
The Nord runs on Qualcomm's more powerful Snapdragon 765G 5G mobile platform. It comes with either 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for £379 and £469 ($494 and $611) respectively. The Nord also features two front cameras and four rear cameras.
According to a report last month from Android Central, OnePlus will instead launch the Nord N10 5G in the US later this year for under $400. It will reportedly run on a Snapdragon 690 processor.