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Motorola Moto G13 review - Affordable smartphone with NFC

Ample space for photos. NFC, fast screen, plenty of storage - Motorola's Moto G13 looks like a great offer for well under 200 Euros at first glance. But can the camera also convince? And what about the battery runtimes? We take a closer look in our test.
Motorola Moto G13
Motorola Moto G13 (Moto G10 Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G85 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, dedicated, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B38/​B40/​B41) , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 162.7 x 74.7 ( = 0.32 x 6.41 x 2.94 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 10 Watt charging
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​60fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0, 1/4", 1.12µm, Videos @720p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), 24 Months Warranty, IP52-certified, SAR: 0.92W/​kg Head, 1.69W/​kg Body , fanless
Weight
183.5 g ( = 6.47 oz / 0.4 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
179 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
79 %
04/2023
Motorola Moto G13
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
183.5 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
77.3 %
11/2022
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
195 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.60"2408x1080
74.4 %
11/2022
Xiaomi Poco C40
JR510, Mali-G52 MP1
204 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.71"1650x720
76 %
08/2022
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
T612, Mali-G52 MP1
192.5 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
79 %
03/2023
Motorola Moto G23
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
184.3 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and features - Three color options available

Rose gold, Lavender blue, or Dark gray are the three color variants of the Moto G13, the cheapest Motorola G series model in 2023. The manufacturer wants just under 180 Euros for the phone. Considering the low price, the back is only made of plastic, but it still looks pretty with light refraction from the camera module.

However, pressure on the screen and back is quickly visible in the liquid crystal display, and the phone cannot be twisted with normal force. Edges and material transitions are ergonomically rounded, and the phone feels good in the hand.

With 128 GB eMMC flash, the phone's mass storage is quite slow but is also extensive: at the moment, most similarly priced competitors still offer 64 or even only 32 GB data storage. There is also an NFC module, which is by no means a matter of course in this price range.

The SD card reader is separate, so it can be used with two SIM cards simultaneously. The Moto G13 can convince with good transfer rates for its price range in our benchmarks with the reference microSD Angelbird V60, but it does not really utilize the possible transfer speeds of the fast memory card.

Motorola Moto G13
Motorola Moto G13
Motorola Moto G13
Motorola Moto G13
Motorola Moto G13
Motorola Moto G13

Size comparison

169.6 mm / 6.68 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 204 g0.4497 lbs165.1 mm / 6.5 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs164.4 mm / 6.47 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 192.5 g0.4244 lbs162.7 mm / 6.41 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 183.5 g0.4045 lbs162.7 mm / 6.41 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 184.3 g0.4063 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
  (Angelbird V60)
30.6 MB/s +22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (12.1 - 77, n=98, last 2 years)
28.9 MB/s +15%
Motorola Moto G13
  (Angelbird V60)
25.1 MB/s
Motorola Moto G23
  (Angelbird V60)
21.9 MB/s -13%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
  (Angelbird V60)
18.7 MB/s -25%
Xiaomi Poco C40
  (Angelbird V60)
16.8 MB/s -33%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Motorola Moto G13 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø37.2 (28.2-49.3)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.1 (18.4-50)
Xiaomi Poco C40 Mali-G52 MP1, JR510, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø34.6 (25.1-45)
Realme Narzo 50A Prime Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø31.6 (20.7-48.6)
Motorola Moto G23 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø38.6 (28.1-50.2)
Motorola Moto G13 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø76 (18.5-78.8)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø72.7 (46.8-80.1)
Xiaomi Poco C40 Mali-G52 MP1, JR510, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø68.2 (48.1-73.5)
Realme Narzo 50A Prime Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø73.4 (28.2-83.5)
Motorola Moto G23 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø73.1 (32.5-76.9)

Communication, software and operation - Stable WLAN

Motorola's inexpensive smartphone uses WiFi 5 and offers very stable and fast transfer rates in the benchmarks together with our reference router Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000.

The Moto G13 is a 4G phone, and our German test device offers all necessary frequencies for operation in Central Europe. However, you will have to check whether you can use mobile Internet locally when you travel further since it is by no means a world phone.

The mobile reception is decent for an inexpensive phone in our random tests during the review but can't keep up with high-end phones.

Android 13 is preinstalled on the Moto G13. It is pure Android without significant changes, and the system contains only a few preinstalled third-party apps. However, the security patches from January 2023 are a bit older at the time of testing.

The Moto phone can be operated swiftly and reliably via the touchscreen. This is also due to Motorola's 90 Hz refresh rate, which enables smooth scrolling.

The fingerprint sensor is hidden on the right of the standby button and works reliably and precisely. It unlocks the Moto G13 quickly. The home screen can also be accessed via facial recognition: this also works well in the dark, where the screen's residual light is usually sufficient for recognition. However, this method is not quite as secure due to the pure software implementation.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Motorola Moto G13
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
370 (349min - 383max) MBit/s
Motorola Moto G23
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
370 (339min - 379max) MBit/s 0%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
369 (321min - 376max) MBit/s 0%
Xiaomi Poco C40
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
364 (299min - 378max) MBit/s -2%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
351 (317min - 366max) MBit/s -5%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Motorola Moto G23
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (322min - 350max) MBit/s +2%
Motorola Moto G13
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
340 (311min - 351max) MBit/s
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
305 (282min - 324max) MBit/s -10%
Xiaomi Poco C40
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
272 (225min - 331max) MBit/s -20%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
259 (196min - 267max) MBit/s -24%
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Motorola Moto G13; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø340 (311-351)
Motorola Moto G13; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø370 (349-383)

Cameras - Main lens with decent pictures

Photo from the front camera
Photo from the front camera

The 50-megapixel camera at the back comes from Samsung and is used in many inexpensive smartphones. Motorola complements it with a 2-megapixel telephoto lens and a depth sensor.

The main camera shows blurry details in object photography, but we like the surrounding image quite well since structures on the walls also remain well visible, and the overall sharpness is convincing.

The rather low dynamic range becomes apparent in low light and high contrasts: bright areas are outshined, while hardly any details are visible in dark sections. In the lab, the main camera shows a surprisingly sharp image of the test chart that only needs improvement in small details and contrast. With a few lux brightness, however, the camera cannot produce a reasonable image with the residual light.

There is an 8-megapixel camera on the front. It takes somewhat too dark selfies, which should not be enlarged too much because otherwise, blurry details become visible.

Image Comparison

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Main cameraMain cameraLowLight
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ColorChecker
13.9 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
10 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
7 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G13: 10.95 ∆E min: 5.18 - max: 16.68 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.4 ∆E
54.5 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
63.7 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
36 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
65.3 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
31.1 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
76.4 ∆E
44 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
92.9 ∆E
70.6 ∆E
52 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G13: 47.14 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 92.93 ∆E

Display - Bright screen with 90 Hz

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The Moto G13's display has a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels, while some other smartphones in the price range, like the Galaxy A13 or the realme Narzo 50A Prime, can also boast Full HD resolution. However, Motorola compensates with a 90 Hz refresh rate, which makes operation smoother and scrolling looks nicer.

The screen of the Moto G13 is also very bright: we measured an average of 553 cd/m², which is the best value among the comparison devices. Thus, you can go outside on brighter days and still recognize the screen content to some extent. There is also a Widevine certification so you can watch content in HD.

There is only a very slight bluish cast in the grayscale, the black level is quite low, so dark areas on the screen also come out well, and we did not notice any PWM either.

570
cd/m²
562
cd/m²
550
cd/m²
574
cd/m²
555
cd/m²
532
cd/m²
561
cd/m²
538
cd/m²
539
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 574 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 553.4 cd/m² Minimum: 6.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 555 cd/m²
Contrast: 1914:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.17 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 4.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
91.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.131
Motorola Moto G13
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Xiaomi Poco C40
IPS, 1650x720, 6.71
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
IPS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Motorola Moto G23
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
11%
18%
49%
16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48.5 ?(27.1, 21.4)
39 ?(13, 16)
20%
40 ?(23, 17)
18%
30 ?(16, 14)
38%
46 ?(28, 18)
5%
Response Time Black / White *
33.8 ?(15.4, 18.4)
33 ?(15, 18)
2%
28 ?(13, 15)
17%
14 ?(9, 5)
59%
25 ?(14, 11)
26%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-5%
-16%
-3%
-14%
Brightness middle
555
492
-11%
468
-16%
540
-3%
522
-6%
Brightness
553
453
-18%
450
-19%
523
-5%
502
-9%
Brightness Distribution
93
87
-6%
92
-1%
93
0%
91
-2%
Black Level *
0.29
0.37
-28%
0.4
-38%
0.39
-34%
0.47
-62%
Contrast
1914
1330
-31%
1170
-39%
1385
-28%
1111
-42%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.17
4.34
16%
4.53
12%
4.39
15%
4.63
10%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
10.61
5.94
44%
8.96
16%
6.65
37%
8.59
19%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.5
4.7
-4%
6.5
-44%
4.7
-4%
5.2
-16%
Gamma
2.131 103%
2.398 92%
2.191 100%
2.261 97%
2.296 96%
CCT
7380 88%
7668 85%
8122 80%
7597 86%
7832 83%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / -2%
1% / -9%
23% / 8%
1% / -8%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
33.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.4 ms rise
↘ 18.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 89 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 27.1 ms rise
↘ 21.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17788 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Moto G13 lasts long

The MediaTek Helio G85 was originally developed for the upper mid-range, but it is now apparently so cheap that Motorola can also install it in budget phones. The SoC actually delivers good performance rates for its price range, and the phone is considerably faster than, for example, the Galaxy A13. Navigation through the menus is fairly smooth in everyday use, but you have to reckon with stutters in more demanding apps.

Unfortunately, only very slow eMMC flash is used for storage, which means that copying and loading takes much longer than in high-end phones.

The maximum temperature of 38.4 °C is not critical, and the performance is not affected by this, as the 3DMark stress test shows us: even after numerous runs of the benchmark, the achieved frame rate is about the same.

The Moto G13 can use the earpiece as a second speaker and thus create a stereo effect. The sound is overall good and does not overdrive but the music sounds a bit muffled. The speakers are also not really loud. There is a 3.5 mm audio port at the smartphone's upper edge, that can be used for connecting headphones or speakers. External audio devices can also be connected via Bluetooth. Numerous codecs, such as aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC-V, are available here.

The Moto G13 lasts 18:35 hours with its 5000 mAh battery in our Wi-Fi test. That is a very good rate, which allows two working days with moderate use without problems. However, the device only charges with a maximum of 10 watts, so it can sometimes take 3 hours until the battery is full again.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=215, last 2 years)
916 Points +161%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (341 - 437, n=14)
359 Points +2%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
354 Points +1%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
351 Points
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
346 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
300 Points -15%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
164 Points -53%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=215, last 2 years)
3005 Points +121%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
1363 Points 0%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1358 Points
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1311 Points -3%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1184 - 1363, n=14)
1311 Points -3%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
818 Points -40%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
790 Points -42%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=214, last 2 years)
11885 Points +45%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
8215 Points 0%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8214 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (6596 - 9437, n=12)
8133 Points -1%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
7610 Points -7%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5589 Points -32%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
4780 Points -42%
3DMark
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=135, last 2 years)
2661 Points +258%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
748 Points +1%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
744 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (706 - 761, n=14)
732 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
682 Points -8%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
411 Points -45%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=203, last 2 years)
6400 Points +756%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
749 Points 0%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
748 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (698 - 757, n=14)
730 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
682 Points -9%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
410 Points -45%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=207, last 2 years)
1724 Points +807%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
190 Points
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
189 Points -1%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (181 - 193, n=13)
186.3 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
171 Points -10%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
115 Points -39%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=203, last 2 years)
1725 Points +822%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
188 Points +1%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
187 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (178 - 191, n=13)
184.2 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
171 Points -9%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
111 Points -41%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=226, last 2 years)
44.5 fps +271%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (7.5 - 22, n=15)
12.4 fps +3%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
11 fps -8%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8.1 fps -32%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
7 fps -42%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
4.7 fps -61%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=226, last 2 years)
65.1 fps +640%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.2 fps +5%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (8 - 9.7, n=15)
9.1 fps +3%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8.8 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
8.8 fps 0%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
5.4 fps -39%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
3.9 fps -56%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=226, last 2 years)
33.1 fps +330%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (5 - 13, n=15)
7.81 fps +1%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
7.7 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
7.5 fps -3%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5.1 fps -34%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
4.5 fps -42%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
3 fps -61%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=226, last 2 years)
26 fps +688%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (3.1 - 3.5, n=15)
3.37 fps +2%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.3 fps 0%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.3 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
3.3 fps 0%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2 fps -39%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1.4 fps -58%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=215, last 2 years)
33521 Points +177%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
13252 Points +9%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (10299 - 15430, n=12)
12698 Points +5%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12253 Points +1%
Motorola Moto G13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12107 Points
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
5975 Points -51%
Motorola Moto G13Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137FXiaomi Poco C40Realme Narzo 50A PrimeMotorola Moto G23Average 128 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-10%
-37%
96%
2%
-20%
289%
Sequential Read 256KB
281.1
300.6
7%
281.7
0%
852.8
203%
282.4
0%
Sequential Write 256KB
244.7
230.3
-6%
129.8
-47%
266
9%
244.6
0%
194.6 ?(72.3 - 314, n=76)
-20%
Random Read 4KB
99.4
94.5
-5%
29.2
-71%
145.3
46%
100.2
1%
82.7 ?(8.63 - 247, n=76)
-17%
Random Write 4KB
94.9
61.5
-35%
67.7
-29%
212.5
124%
100.5
6%

Temperature

Max. Load
 38.4 °C
101 F
32.9 °C
91 F
32.8 °C
91 F
 
 38 °C
100 F
34 °C
93 F
33.2 °C
92 F
 
 36.3 °C
97 F
33.3 °C
92 F
33.2 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
32.6 °C
91 F
33.8 °C
93 F
36.6 °C
98 F
32.6 °C
91 F
34.2 °C
94 F
38.2 °C
101 F
31.9 °C
89 F
34.3 °C
94 F
37.8 °C
100 F
Maximum: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.3 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 21.2 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.7 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.2 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.1 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back side
Heatmap Back side
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
98.2 (1.037min - 1.056max) %
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Motorola Moto G23
98.8 (4.47min - 4.53max) % 0%
Motorola Moto G13
98.6 (4.46min - 4.52max) %
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
97.9 (4.05min - 4.14max) % -1%

Legend

 
Motorola Moto G13 Mediatek Helio G85, ARM Mali-G52 MP2, 128 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F Mediatek Helio G80, ARM Mali-G52 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Poco C40 JLQ JR510, ARM Mali-G52 MP1, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Realme Narzo 50A Prime UNISOC T612, ARM Mali-G52 MP1, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Motorola Moto G23 Mediatek Helio G85, ARM Mali-G52 MP2, 128 GB eMMC Flash

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.642.82537.138.6312830.24032.935.15031.838.1632625.58022.921.610021.120.912523.729.516018.235.220013.335.125014.543.131512.851.440011.453.250011.755.763010.962.480015.265.7100012.266.6125012.868.8160010.966.8200010.966.8250011.66431501258.2400012.966.8500013.670.6630014.370800015.169.41000015.763.51250016.567.81600017.457.9SPL25.478.9N0.742.6median 13.3median 63.5Delta2.39.838.638.537.136.92827.832.934.731.836.22630.622.922.421.12523.729.718.234.313.334.814.543.312.849.611.45211.755.310.961.615.264.912.266.612.868.210.967.410.966.711.664.71257.512.965.313.669.314.367.915.16615.761.816.566.717.458.425.477.90.740.2median 13.3median 61.82.39.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Moto G13Motorola Moto G23
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Moto G13 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Motorola Moto G23 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Xiaomi Poco C40
6000 mAh
1205 min +8%
Motorola Moto G23
5000 mAh
1152 min +3%
Motorola Moto G13
5000 mAh
1115 min
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 2844, n=228, last 2 years)
918 min -18%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
5000 mAh
896 min -20%
Realme Narzo 50A Prime
5000 mAh
874 min -22%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
18h 35min

Pros

+ pure Android
+ good runtimes
+ relatively high performance
+ NFC
+ 90 Hz screen
+ lush memory configuration
+ no PWM

Cons

- unclear update supply
- case somewhat sensitive to pressure
- slow charging

Verdict - Only a few weak points in the low-priced Moto

In review: Motorola Moto G13. Test device provided by:
In review: Motorola Moto G13. Test device provided by:
cyberport.com

Motorola's Moto G13 is available for well under 200 Euros and cuts a good figure: the casing looks nice, the package even includes a cover for the phone in addition to the charger, and the smartphone comes with NFC as well as 128 GB of mass storage for the price range.

The battery runtimes are also convincing, the cameras do a decent job, and the Wi-Fi reception and transfer rates are stable. The 90 Hz display can be used smoothly and shines very brightly. In contrast to other inexpensive phones, it only has a slight blue cast.

We will probably see this level of performance more often in budget phones this year, but it's still great that the Moto G13 shows that even a cheap phone finally allows smooth navigation through menus and even somewhat more demanding tasks.

The memory is unfortunately only slow eMMC, but the phone only heats up marginally under load and hardly throttles its performance. Apart from the somewhat too pressure-sensitive casing and the uncertain update situation, we hardly find any real points of criticism.

Motorola's Moto G13 is a quite fast phone from the affordable mid-range with good features: 90 Hz display, NFC, and a lot of storage.

The realme Narzo 50A Prime with a Full HD screen is now available for much less on the Internet. Samsung Galaxy A13 is slightly cheaper than our test device but has a similarly fast MediaTek SoC.

Price and availability

The prices for Motorola's Moto G13 have dropped to approximately 160 Euros (~$160) on the Internet. The dark-gray version including the car adapter is now available for about 170 Euros (~$170) at amazon.de, and the price is similar at cyberport.de.

The light blue version is still 10 Euros more expensive at amazon.de, while cyberport.de also offers it for 170 Euros. The rose-gold Moto G13 is currently only available in Central Europe at Lenovo's online shop for 179 Euros.

Motorola Moto G13 - 04/10/2023 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
46 / 70 → 65%
Weight
89%
Battery
92%
Display
84%
Games Performance
16 / 64 → 25%
Application Performance
60 / 86 → 70%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 90 → 78%
Camera
60%
Average
73%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2023-04-14 (Update: 2023-04-14)