Almost a month after the announcement of the Moto G42 in the global market, Motorola launched the phone in India today. It is a budget offering from the brand, and so there is no 5G support. The phone is priced at ₹13,999, and for the price, it offers the Snapdragon 680 SOC, an AMOLED panel, stock Android 12 & more.
Interestingly, the Moto G52 starts at ₹14,499, so that’s just ₹500 more, and that phone has the same chipset and a high-refresh-rate P-OLED panel. So, the G42 at ₹13,999 makes little to no sense.
Design-wise, the Moto G42 looks a bit different than all the other Moto G series phones launched this year. The main reason for that is the design of the camera module, which is less rounded. The sides of the phone are flat, and the display on the front has a hole-punch cutout in the middle. Since it is not a P-OLED panel, there is a pretty noticeable bottom chin, unlike the Moto G52, which has very thin bezels.
The fingerprint scanner is present on the side, and the phone has stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. The Type-C port is on the bottom, and the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top.
Speaking of the specs, Moto G42 has a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with a Full-HD+ resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. The SOC powering the G42 is the Snapdragon 680, and there is 4GB LPDDR4X RAM with 64GB uMCP storage. The battery size is 5,000mAh, and the phone supports 20W fast charging.
The triple camera setup on the rear includes a 50MP primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, an 8MP ultrawide camera with an f/2.2 lens, and a 2MP macro shooter. For selfies, there is a 16MP camera. There is support for up to FHD 30fps video recording via the rear camera.
Android 12 runs out of the box, and Motorola has promised an Android 13 update for the Moto G42. This phone will also get security updates for the next three years.
Moto G42 is priced at ₹13,999, but if you use an SBI credit card, you get an instant ₹1000 discount that brings the price down to ₹12,999.