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Moto G42 with Snapdragon 680, triple rear cameras launched; first impressions

Motorola Moto G42 smartphone comes with a Full-HD+ display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC powers the handset.

Motorola India officially unveiled the latest Moto G42 mobile phone in the country. The new smartphone model is India’s latest budget segment device under Moto G Series. Moto G42 succeeds the ageing Moto G41 launched last year. The old Gen Moto G41 was launched in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle Eastern markets. The Moto G41 smartphone model did not make it to India. But this year, the company launched its successor, Moto G42, in India. This latest Moto G series smartphone joins the recently launched Moto G52, Moto 60 and Moto G41 in India.

The latest Motorola Moto G42 mobile phone officially succeeds the Moto G41 in India under Moto G Series
The latest Motorola Moto G42 mobile phone officially succeeds the Moto G41 in India, joins Moto G52, Moto G60 smartphones

The latest Moto G Series smartphone comes with an AMOLED display, a 20:9 aspect ratio and a triple rear camera setup. An octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC powers this Motorola handset. Furthermore, the Moto G42 smartphone also gets 20W fast charging support. The newly launched Moto G42 smartphone will compete against Redmi Note 11, Redmi 9i, and the Poco M4 Pro. With superior specifications, the latest Moto G42 mobile phone will join the Moto G52 in the Indian smartphone market. The Motorola Moto G52 is priced Rs 500 higher for the base variant.

Moto G42 price in India

The latest Motorola Moto G42 phone starts at Rs 13999 in India for the lone variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The Moto G Series smartphone comes in two colour options: Atlantic Green and Metallic Rose. As for its availability, the Moto G42 smartphone is available for purchase on Flipkart and other online and offline retailers.

The latest Moto G42 mobile phone is available with a starting price of Rs 13999 under Motorola G Series
The latest Moto G42 mobile phone is available with a starting price of Rs 13999, special discount offer for SBI Bank cardholders
  • Launch Offers

As a part of introductory offers, the Lenovo-owned smartphone brand offers a Rs 1000 flat discount for customers using SBI Bank cards. Customers with an SBI card can purchase the Moto G42 for Rs 1000. Furthermore, the smartphone is also bundled with benefits worth Rs 2549. These benefits will be given to the Jio users currently using the Rs 419 plan. Also Read – Motorola Moto G60 with 120Hz high refresh rate, 108MP camera phone launched


  • Latest Moto G Series phone in Brazil

To recall, before the India launch, the Motorola Moto G42 was first launched in Brazil. The Moto G Series handset marked its entry into the Brazilian market early last month. In Brazil, the Moto G42 is available for BRL 1699, roughly Rs 25200 for the only variant with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage. Also Read – Motorola Moto G20 smartphone price in India and other upcoming mobiles

Some of the key features and specification details of the latest Motorola Moto G42 phone, launched under Moto G Series
Some of the key features and specification details of the latest Motorola G42 phone

Motorola Moto G42: Specifications

The all-new Moto G42 is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone running on the latest Android 12. It sports a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display. This display comes with a screen resolution of 1080*2400 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9. Furthermore, this is a 60Hz refresh rate panel. Also Read – Motorola Moto G51 5G phone launch date, price in India


  • Hardware

Under the hood, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC powers this Moto G Series smartphone. The chipset comes in pair with Adreno 610 GPU. The Moto G42 packs 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB of uMCP storage. The handset comes with storage expansion via a microSD card of up to 1TB. The latest Moto G Series phone gets a dedicated microSD card slot.

The all-new Motorola Moto G42 mobile phone features a 50MP triple rear camera setup under Moto G Series, joings Moto G52
The all-new Motorola G42 mobile phone features a 50MP triple rear camera setup
  • Camera

In terms of optics, the latest Motorola Moto G42 comes with a triple rear camera setup, headlined by a 50 MP primary camera. This 50MP primary camera comes with an f/1.8 aperture lens. Additionally, the secondary camera is an 8MP ultra-wide depth sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. Furthermore, the Moto G Series smartphone comes with a 16MP selfie shooter at the front, with an f/2.2 aperture lens for selfies and video calling.


  • Connectivity

The Moto G Series smartphone also gets all the necessary connectivity ports for connectivity options. Motorola G42 includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, FM radio, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Furthermore, an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor are on board.

This Moto G Series mobile phone, Moto G42 gets a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, joins the latest Moto G52
This Moto G Series mobile phone, Moto G42 gets a side-mounted fingerprint scanner

For device security, the smartphone also comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. In terms of audio support, the Moto G42 also carries dual stereo speakers along with Dolby Atmos support. This smartphone is IP52 rated for water repellency. Also Read – Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G 2022 release date in India, specs and price in India


  • Battery

A 5000mAh battery powers the complete hardware on the latest Motorola Moto G Series smartphone. The Moto G42 handset also comes with a 20W TurboPower fast charging solution. This 20W Motorola charger also comes bundled inside the retail box. Meanwhile, the Lenovo-owned smartphone brand claims that this battery is rated to deliver up to 30 hours of backup on a single charge. Besides, the phone measures 160.61×73.47×8.26mm and weighs 174.5 grams.

Moto G42: First Impressions

This year the Lenovo-owned smartphone brand, Motorola, is on a spree of launching smartphones. The company has launched multiple mobile phones in India in the last couple of months. The latest smartphone to launch is the brand-new addition to the Moto G Series in India. Furthermore, this smartphone comes as Moto G42, a new 4G mobile phone.

Moto G Series latest Moto G42 is latest 4G mobile phone in the Indian smartphone market, joins Moto G52
Motorola Moto G42 is latest 4G mobile phone in the Indian smartphone market

Meanwhile, the all-new Moto G42 will fill the slot between the Moto G22 and the Moto G52. Looking at the record, Motorola’s recent Moto G Series smartphones have also maintained a good balance between the competitive specs and the price. Also Read – Motorola Moto Edge 30 Pro price in India, specs and camera review


Latest Moto G42: Phone Unboxing

The budget segment Moto G Series smartphone comes inside a Navy-Blue-themed box packaging. Additionally, the retail box features a big and bold Motorola Logo in white colour. Furthermore, the name of the Moto G42 smartphone is present below this logo in fluorescent colour. The rear side of the box packaging also mentions the vital highlighting features of specs of the latest Moto G series smartphone.

The latest Motorola Moto G42, G Series smartphone is available in two distinct colour options, joins Moto G52
The latest Motorola G Series smartphone is available in two distinct colour options

On opening the box packaging, first, we get the Moto G42 mobile unit with a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display. Additionally, the protective case is already pre-applied on the smartphone. Below this mobile unit, we also get a section with some paperwork and documentation. Furthermore, there’s a SIM Tray ejection tool. Meanwhile, in bottom section, we get a 20W Motorola Turbo Charge fast charger and a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable for charging and data transfer.



  • Lightweight Moto G Series Phone

The latest Moto G series handset is a lightweight smartphone. Additionally, the Lenovo-owned smartphone brand is highly banking on the Moto G42 design factor. The company also believes that the design of the G42 will make it stand out from its competitors. In our experience, the company has done a pretty good job in design. Meanwhile, the smartphone comes with slim aesthetics and does not weigh much.

Another list of key features and specifications on the latest Motorola Moto G42, the Moto G Series mobile phone to join the Moto G52
Another list of key features and specifications on the latest Motorola G42, the Moto G Series mobile phone to join the Moto G52, Moto G60 in India

Meanwhile, the Atlantic Green colour unit looks quite distinctive. Additionally, we like the finishing of the smartphone. The acrylic back panel is also decent; the frame also doesn’t get any sharp edges. The fingerprints aren’t also much of an issue on such a rear panel. The Moto G42 smartphone is also comfortable to hold in your hands. The complete design also gets a polycarbonate finish. However, the camera module is built up of metal.


Moto G42: Physical Design

Looking at the physical design, we find the Moto G42 is more attractive. Meanwhile, the power button and the volume rockers are placed on the right side—furthermore, the power button doubles as the side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The buttons on the right side also offer good feedback. Although because of the size, we experienced that the volume buttons are a bit hard to reach. Furthermore, the top-edge gets the 3.5mm headphone jack with a noise cancellation mic.

From physical design aspect, the latest Motorola Moto G42, the Moto G Series mobile phone comes with polycarbonate back panel, joins Moto G52
From physical design aspect, the latest Motorola Moto G42 phone comes with polycarbonate back panel

The bottom-firing stereo speakers also come with Dolby Atmos enhancement. Furthermore, the bottom gets the USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer with the primary microphone. Additionally, the left edge gets the dual-SIM tray with a dedicated microSD card slot. The rear camera module is raised. Overall, the back panel of the Moto G42 smartphone comes with a distinct design. The camera module also gets a new design with sharper lines. Additionally, the smartphone houses three camera sensors with LED Flash.


  • Moto G42 with AMOLED display

Looking at the display, the latest Moto G Series smartphone also comes with an AMOLED panel. Meanwhile, this display offers punchy colours and sufficient brightness levels. Additionally, the 6.4-inch AMOLED panel gets a Full-HD+ display resolution. But unfortunately, it only supports a 60Hz refresh rate. Although, this won’t be a problem for someone already using a phone with a 60Hz screen. A user with a 90Hz screen might also feel a lack of fluidity in the system animations. Scrolling will also be jarring. Considering the price point, 90Hz displays aren’t standard. Thus, making Moto G42 a good offering at this price.

The latest Motorola Moto G42 4G phone comes with a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display panel, joins Moto G52 in India
The latest Motorola Moto 4G phone comes with a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display panel
  • Snapdragon processor performance

Performance-wise, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 powering the latest Moto G series handset is also a pretty power-efficient processor. Besides, Motorola’s latest G42 packs in a 5000mAh battery with 20W Turbo Charge fast charge support. Luckily, the company has also bundled this compatible charger in the retail box.


  • 50MP triple rear camera on Moto G42

The triple rear camera setup on the all-new Moto G42 is pretty decent. Additionally, we get a 16MP front-facing selfie camera to click selfies and video calling. The 50MP primary camera can also click some good daylight shots. The 8MP ultra-wide secondary camera is also decent. Meanwhile, the 2MP macro lens performs as usual (we have already seen it on many other Motorola smartphones). The complete camera review for this latest Moto G series smartphone will be published later.

Motorola Moto G42 4G mobile phone comes with a decent 50MP triple rear camera setup, joins Moto G52 in India
The latest Motorola 4G mobile phone comes with a decent 50MP triple rear camera setup
  • Other Features

Regarding other features, the new Moto G42 also gets an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance. Furthermore, there is a capacitive fingerprint sensor inside the power button for device security. The Moto G Series smartphone also sports carrier aggregation, NFC, and FM Radio. One of the critical highlighting factors of this smartphone is also its clean Android experience.


  • Clean and Pure Android experience

Meanwhile, the latest Motorola Moto G42 runs on Android 12 with few Motorola customizations like the Moto G52. Additionally, the Lenovo-owned smartphone brand guarantees to offer an upgrade to Android 13. Furthermore, the smartphone makers have also promised to deliver three years of bi-monthly security updates for the latest G Series smartphone.

The latest Motorola Moto G42 runs on Android 12 with few Motorola customizations like the Moto G52.
The latest Motorola Moto G42 runs on Android 12 with few Motorola customizations like the Moto G52.

In terms of user experience, the interface of the latest Moto G42 mobile phone is also clean and decent. Furthermore, the Android 12 interface runs smoothly in day-to-day life. Although, we did notice some stutter in the animations at times. These glitches occur while accessing the notification panel or while switching between apps. But this is a common issue that an Android update from the company can address. Such issues generally persist in smartphones in this price range.


Moto G42: Final Verdict

Meanwhile, the latest Moto G42 phone seems like a decent contender in this price segment. Talking about the long-term usage, Motorola has also promised to offer future updates. Meanwhile, the pleasing design of the handset will attract customers. However, I believe Motorola will struggle to attract buyers to this latest G series smartphone when the Moto G52 is only Rs 500 more expensive.

The current-selling Moto G52 also gets the same specs and features as the G42. But this latest mobile phone outperforms the G42 in a few ways, including a larger pOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a lighter body, and 33W fast charging. The Redmi Note 11 is another strong competitor at this price point, with nearly identical features but a better display and more RAM.

Written by Pulkit Sharma

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