Samsung’s Galaxy M series has been a massive hit in markets like India thanks to a mix of excellent specs and relatively low prices, and it seems the company is now working on future-proofing Galaxy M phones by introducing 5G connectivity. That’s evidenced by the Wi-Fi Alliance certification for the Samsung SM-M426B, which should be a 5G version of the Galaxy M42.
However, it doesn’t seem like the Galaxy M42 5G will be a completely new phone. According to the Bluetooth certification for the SM-M426B, it is simply a rebranded Galaxy A42 5G. That means its spec sheet will be rather humble and not as exciting as what people expect from Galaxy M smartphones.
For example, the Galaxy A42 5G features a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display with a measly 720×1600-pixel resolution and only supports 15W charging for its 5,000 mAh battery. Meanwhile, we have Full HD+ screens on all the Galaxy M series phones in the same price segment, along with huge batteries (6,000 mAh to 7,000 mAh) and 25W charging support on at least two of them.
Should the Galaxy M42 5G turn out to be a rebranded Galaxy A42 5G, it will be yet another example of how Samsung is sacrificing important specs just to be able to provide faster cellular connectivity on a budget. Case in point: The Galaxy A32 5G has poorer specs than the LTE-only Galaxy A32. We’re not sure anyone is looking to buy a phone strictly for 5G connectivity, which makes these phones a lot less desirable than we would like.
However, since there’s very little information available about the Galaxy M42 5G at this time, it’s hard to say if it will indeed be a rebadged Galaxy A42 5G or something completely different. We’ll let you know once we have more details on the phone, so stay tuned.