Samsung Galaxy M13 5G Review
Samsung’s Galaxy M13 5G scores on key fronts. But does it have what it takes to be your daily driver?
Samsung’s Galaxy M series debuted more than three years ago. This was the company’s response to the growing popularity of budget phones from Chinese brands across the world. The M series has aimed to offer more for less in a price-sensitive segment where consumers are constantly looking for deals. The first wave of M series focused on massive batteries and bright displays. Almost ever since, Samsung has used the ‘Monster’ moniker for the M series in its sales pitch. That pitch has yielded results. According to numbers provided by Samsung from Counterpoint Research, the M Series has clocked 42 million units in sales in India since its 2019 launch. Does the Samsung Galaxy M13 5G have what it takes to add to these impressive numbers?
A new colour palette
Samsung has upped the aesthetic appeal of the M series. The new M13 5G comes in a couple of cool new shades aside from a sedate Midnight Blue. We checked out the Aqua Green, an interesting, metallic take on mint green. Our favourite colour in the lineup is the Stardust Brown, a whole new twist on Copper brown. The device looks more expensive than its asking price with a clean unibody-type design. At a time when flagship smartphones are cluttered with multiple rear lenses, it’s nice to see a simple and elegant design with two lenses on the rear.
Samsung has packed the M13 5G with features that matter for consumers at this price. At its heart is a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset that comes in two hardware variants – 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB (that we checked out). This won’t satisfy extreme gamers but might work for everyday users at this price point. The device notched a score of 1072 on our Geekbench (multi-core) benchmark test. Battery performance is a key purchase driver at this point, this is an area where the M13 5G scores. We comfortably sailed through a day and a half. Samsung has managed to keep the heft below 200g despite this robust battery.
One of our favourite features on this device is the 6.6-inch FHD+ LCD display (720 x 1600 pixels) that peaks at 480 nits of brightness. It’s one of the better displays at this price; colours are vibrant even under direct sunlight. Samsung adds a 90Hz refresh rate that makes it binge-proof. We also like the camera set-up that focuses on daily use-case scenarios rather than adding gimmicky lenses that most of us hardly ever use. There’s a 50MP primary lens that combines with a 2MP depth sensor for portraits. Images shot in optimal light are good. There’s also a 5MP selfie cam in the mix. Samsung’s Galaxy M13 5G scores on key fronts. It looks good for its price, offers a solid battery, a vibrant display and is 5G ready.
The Samsung Galaxy M13 5G costs Rs 13,999 (4GB/64GB) and Rs 15,999 (6GB/128GB) and comes in Aqua Green, Midnight Blue and Stardust Brown