Aspera does away with modern smartphone complexities in favour of a cheap and compact handset intended primarily for calling and texting.
The Aspera A42 isn't your typical tricked-out smartphone. Like all Aspera smartphones, it's built with a focus towards affordability and accessibility, foregoing the latest-and-greatest hardware in favour of cheap-yet-reliable components to deliver basic smartphone functionality. This makes the A42 a prime candidate for those who use their phone almost exclusively for calls and texts along with some light web browsing.
- Small and simple, with a serviceable 4-inch IPS screen
- 3G network support only
- 5MP rear-facing camera should handle basic photography with little trouble
- Low-resolution selfie camera doesn't add much value to the handset
- Powerful enough for calling, texting and other basic tasks
- May not run more-advanced apps or games
- Only 1,400mAh, though the A42's low-power components should help reduce battery drain
Pricing and availability
A simple phone for simple needs
If calls and texts are all you need, the budget-friendly Aspera A42 might well be for you.
- Aspera sells the A42 directly on its site for $99.
Aspera A42 specs
Power, storage and battery
|Display size||4 inches|
|Resolution||480 x 854|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||245|
|Rear camera megapixels||5MP|
|Rear camera aperture size||N/A|
|Front camera megapixels||0.3MP|
|Front camera aperture size||N/A|
|Dimensions||125.4mm x 65mm x 10.8mm|
|Network category speed||N/A|
|Operating system||Android 6|
|External storage support||Up to 32GB|
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