The world of Samsung smartphones is as diverse as their appliances and home solutions. It's huge and has something for everybody. In pursuit of providing something for everyone, Samsung launched their M series, an online exclusive budget Samsung line back in 2019. Standing in 2022, the 4th generation M13 looks every bit as promising as its previous three generations. Samsung Galaxy M13 5G offers essential features and is a total bang for the buck. The device was officially released globally on 23rd July 2022. Let's look at its in-depth review.
Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy M13 5G
Design and Build Quality
Before we start, keep in mind that this is an ultra-budget device geared for the most basic user. As a result, you won’t find any out-of-the-ordinary specs or features. Rather it's an amalgamation of average specs and performance to create value over cost. With that aside, let's dig into the design and build the quality of the device.
The design of the Samsung Galaxy M13 5G is plain and straightforward. There is a plastic frame and back with a Gorilla glass 3 protection on the front. All the usual ports and buttons are present here. In addition to the dual sim slots, there is an additional dedicated port for the micro SDXC. The volume rocker and the power button are also present. Just like last year, the power button doubles as the fingerprint scanner.
Overall, the design and the build quality feel sturdy and relative to the price.
The display of the Samsung Galaxy M13 5G is a PLS LCD panel. Now PLS or LCD might sound outdated by the 2022 standard, but it's still the go-to choice for entry-level devices. The panel is a 6.5-inch HD+ resolution panel which is good for about 270 ppi.
With such average specs, one would think that the display isn't up to the par. But honestly given the price, it's hard to complain. Samsung is a market leader when it comes to displaying tech and even though the panel on the M13 5G is sub-par, it definitely stands above its competitors.
The display also gets relatively bright for an LCD panel. Outdoor legibility is pretty good. Users won't have to squint their eyes to figure stuff out in direct sunlight.
While this panel isn't exactly the best for media consumption, it still gets the job done. Usually, we don't see any rated glass protector in this price bracket. So, it's refreshing to see rated protection, even if it's a couple of generations older.
Usually, we see a flurry of camera sensors in this price range. The main selling pitch is several lenses and a high battery capacity. But surprisingly enough, the M13 5G only comes with 2 sensors on the back.
The main sensor is a 50 MP f/1.8 wide-angle sensor and the other is a gimmicky 2 MP depth sensor. We are not sure whether the depth sensor does anything or not but the 50 MP main sensor does its job pretty well.
The pictures came out pretty good in outdoor conditions. Pictures looked sharp and crisp with high contrast and color pop. That's usually the case with Samsung post-processing. But the problem starts indoors and with artificial lights. Even though the sensor is a very capable one, the lack of processing power reduces the picture quality. Samsung night mode which is basically a longer shutter speed was consistent every time. We didn't notice any overexposure or underexposure issues.
The videography is clocked at 1080P at 30 fps. Again, the processing power is the limiting factor here. The front camera is a 5 MP one. It's a very basic sensor with basic performance. The front camera basically sums up the overall performance of the camera, it's nothing exceptional, but not bad either.
Processor and Performance
Samsung has partnered with MediaTek for the M series since its inception. The affordable chips have helped to keep the cost down over the years. The 4th generation M13 5G features MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 processor based on a 7 Nm architecture. The octa-core processor has 2 2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 and 6 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 chip designs with Mali-G57 MC2 as the GPU.
The specs confirm that the M13 5G is meant for entry-level and casual usage. This is not a heavy gaming device by any means. Rather it's best suited for social media and web browsing with occasional media consumption.
Even though it's not a gaming device doesn't mean it can't handle gaming. You will be able to play demanding titles like COD and Genshin Impact at low settings. The device does get heated after about 30 odd minutes of gaming and throttling kicks in. But that's what comes with gaming on a basic processor.
The device comes with One UI 4 out of the box based on Android 12. One UI has come a long way from its bloatware-filled days to being one of the best Android skins out there.
Battery and Charge Time
The Samsung Galaxy M13 5G features a 5000 mAh battery. The large battery combined with an efficient processor makes the device last for a long time. Users will be comfortably able to get around 9 to 10 hours of SoT out of the device. The large battery is also complemented by 15 W fast charging. It still takes around 2 hours to fully charge the device, so be aware of that.
Price of Samsung Galaxy M13 5G
The Samsung Galaxy M13 5G hasn't been officially launched in Bangladesh yet. The 6/64GB base variant comes in at 9,999 INR in India which roughly translates to 11,971 BDT (1 INR = 1.20 BDT). However, the price may vary depending on several factors when it finally launches in Bangladesh.
The Samsung Galaxy M13 5G is an all-around capable entry-level device. The design, glass protection, and camera are its main selling point. The device also does a terrific job with optimization and offers a seamless experience even in an entry-level processor. The only noticeable drawback has to be the display. Other than that, the Galaxy M13 5G can be a great option for anyone looking for a daily driver at an affordable price.