Cheap smartphones are able to offer much more than many years ago, which makes them well suited for everyday tasks. The same goes for the Samsung Galaxy A13 5G, which starts at just $249 on Amazon.com and includes support for the latest mobile network standard.
Unlike the Galaxy A13 4G, several corners have been cut likely in an effort to keep the price low while still including a 5G modem: The display resolution is only 1600 x 720 pixels, which is exceeded by industry standards. ‘today even after taking into account the low price.
Also, there’s no longer a wide-angle lens and the smartphone relies on slow eMMC storage, while most competitors already use faster storage: the Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro is available for a similar price. and has fast UFS storage and a higher resolution screen for a better overall impression.
Also, Samsung doesn’t seem to have gone out of its way to design the Galaxy A13 5G: a simple plastic case with three cameras arranged in a line isn’t exactly up to par with smartphone design.
That’s somewhat unfortunate, as the fast fingerprint sensor, capable SoC, and long battery life depending on the use case otherwise lay a solid foundation for an entry-level phone at midrange.
Although it is a smartphone supporting the latest 5G mobile communication standard for just over 200 USD, the bar has been raised by Xiaomi and Motorola devices even in the lower price range. Here, the Samsung Galaxy A13 5G sometimes struggles to keep up.
Still interested in the smartphone, which with a long battery life, good performance certainly has its strengths? Read our in-depth Samsung Galaxy A13 5G review for plenty of metrics, comparison charts, and details.
I first wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I then helped set up the Notebookinfo comparison portal and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Today, my focus is on smartphones, tablets and future technologies. Since 2018, I have been the editor for mobile device reviews, alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
Even in my youth, I was already very enthusiastic about technology and, therefore, I started building PCs, optimizing them and writing programs while I was still in school. Faced with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones have introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck, I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these obstacles.