Samsung Galaxy A13 5G review: an affordable 5G phone on AT&T

The Galaxy A13 5G doesn’t offer many surprises, good or bad. At $249, it’s a reliable device with good performance, healthy battery life, and a decent camera. None of this comes as a surprise, as Samsung makes a lot of these types of phones, and it’s something the company is very good at.

The phone was launched in the US as an AT&T exclusive; now you can buy it unlocked or also through T-Mobile. But that initial carrier relationship plays into what may be the most compelling reason to look to the A13 5G now: It’s certified to use AT&T’s newly enabled C-band spectrum. This is the variety of 5G that promises faster-than-4G speeds and good signal range — a combination that some US 5G networks have been lacking until now. The list of C-band devices at the launch of the network was short and dominated by expensive flagships, with the exception of the Galaxy A13 5G.

More phones in different price ranges will join the C-band club this year, but for now the A13 5G offers the lowest entry price if you’re using AT&T. That in itself isn’t a good reason to buy the A13 5G, especially since AT&T’s C-band launch is limited to just eight US cities and the rollout will be slow, but it’s a point in favor of the A13. if you’re even considering it.

The A13 5G’s 6.5-inch screen is big enough, but the 720p resolution is too low for its size.

The Galaxy A13 5G has a 6.5-inch 720p display – a low resolution for a relatively large screen. It’s also an LCD panel, which is common in the under-$300 class and looks a little faded compared to the richer OLED displays you’ll find on midrange phones like the Galaxy A52 5G. It has a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz, which makes scrolling and animations look a little smoother than the standard 60 Hz. But overall, the poor resolution and low contrast means the display isn’t one of the A13 5G’s strong points.

However, the MediaTek 700 5G chipset and its 4 GB of RAM are its strengths. For a phone at this price, it handles everyday tasks very well, allowing me to quickly switch between apps and not tend to overzealously close apps in the background. It stutters a bit on more intensive tasks like zooming/scrolling on Google maps or Zillow, but overall the A13 kept up with everything I asked it to do in my day-to-day life.

The A13 5G only includes 64 GB of built-in storage. That’s not uncommon in the budget class and is enough to get by if you’re very careful with your cloud storage options and downloads, but it’s not much. You may need to include an additional $10-20 for a microSD card in your purchase.

The power button also doubles as a fingerprint reader for biometric unlock.

There’s a fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button on the side of the phone, and it’s very fast – so fast that I actually double-checked that the phone actually locks properly (it was). It’s not as sleek as the in-display readers on high-end phones, but it actually feels more reliable and easy to use. Long live the side-mounted fingerprint reader, I say.

Battery life is another one of the A13’s strong points. The phone’s 5,000 mAh cell lasted a few days with moderate use on Wi-Fi; a heavy user would probably get through a whole day and then some.

The A13 5G includes a 50-megapixel main camera and two low-resolution macro and depth sensors.

The camera setup of the A13 5G is simple: there is a 50-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 lens, complemented by 2-megapixel macro and depth sensors. Those 2 megapixel cameras are mostly useless, so you’re basically just working with the standard wide-angle camera on the back and a 5 megapixel selfie camera. There’s no ultrawide — you’d have to go to the A32 5G in Samsung’s lineup for that — and there’s no night mode in the camera app.

Photos in bright daylight look fine, and even low-light images look good enough for social media, although very low-light images are a grubby mess of noise reduction. The live preview in the camera app while you’re taking photos looks terribly faded, but the final product almost always looks much better. This makes it hard to know exactly what you’re getting, so you just have to rely on the A13’s camera to do its thing.

The Galaxy A13 5G is a functional, low-cost device that connects to AT&T’s new C-band 5G spectrum.
Photo by Allison Johnson / Media Today Chronicle

The Galaxy A13 5G is a great budget device that makes sense for those who are more concerned with everyday performance and long battery life than with a high-quality screen or versatile camera. If you’re on a strict budget and an AT&T customer, those are two more reasons to consider the A13. The carrier’s C-band 5G is now limited to just a few markets, but the phone is backed with three years of security updates and two years of OS upgrades — long enough to expand the network to more major cities.

If any of the above criteria don’t apply to you, there are better options available for the same price – even less! The $239 OnePlus N200 5G is a great choice if you’re using T-Mobile — it offers comparable performance and a nicer display for $10 less than the retail price of the A13. The N200 won’t work on AT&T or Verizon’s 5G networks, so it’s a 4G-only phone if you’re with one of those carriers — not a bad deal for the price, but you’ll miss out on the better 5G speeds to come. the next few years.

At the time of writing, the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G has dropped in price to $249 if you buy through AT&T (from $399), with a better screen and equally healthy battery life. It’s not currently certified for AT&T C-band, but it’s a good buy if you’re outside of one of those eight launch cities anyway.

If those alternatives don’t appeal to you, then the A13 5G will serve you well – it’s a reliable device for under $300 that’s fully prepared for next-generation wireless technology, with no nasty (or pleasant) surprises.

Photography by Allison Johnson / Media Today Chronicle

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