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Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F smartphone review - Better with MediaTek

Quick Update. Samsung's Galaxy A13 4G is now also available with a MediaTek SoC that not only provides more power but also changes other minor details of Samsung's inexpensive smartphone. That is enough reason for us to take a closer look at the new version in our review.
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F (Galaxy A Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G80 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 2408 x 1800 pixel 456 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, PLS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 54 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD slot (dedicated, up to 1TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Sensors: compass, acceleration, virtual brightness sensor, virtual proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41) , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.8 x 165.1 x 76.4 ( = 0.35 x 6.5 x 3.01 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 15 Watt fast charging
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 5.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 4)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.2
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.353W/​kg (head), 1.224W/​kg (body), fanless
Weight
195 g ( = 6.88 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
169 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
77.3 %
11/2022
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
195 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.60"2408x1800
76.5 %
05/2022
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
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
75.1 %
05/2022
Motorola Moto G22
Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320
185 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and features - Plain plastic chassis

It is not unusual for Samsung to release a new version of a smartphone after a few months. This usually arrives with a different SoC. In this case, the Galaxy A13 4G New Edition with the model number A137F now has a MediaTek processor.

The Korean marketing department describes the casing as "minimalistic with a lot of style", which euphemistically stands for very simple, glossy plastic. The chassis in black, white, or light blue is susceptible to fingerprints, but it is quite stable and hardly allows pressure to reach the display.

The original Galaxy A13 4G variant has the same casing, and nothing has changed in terms of dimensions or weight.

Samsung offers three configuration variants. The entry-level model with 32 GB of mass storage also only offers 3 GB of RAM. The better-equipped models with 64 and 128 GB of mass storage each have 4 GB of working memory. We tested the 64 GB variant.

We like the fact that Samsung uses USB-C despite the low price and also installs an NFC module so that mobile payment services can be used, for example.

The microSD reader is separate from the two SIM slots. We tested the reader's speed with our Angelbird V60 reference card, and the A137F was marginally slower than the original in the copy test Galaxy A13 4G. In the CPDT benchmark, on the other hand, the phone is faster but brings somewhat inconsistent values. The perceived speed of the card reader should be on a similar level in everyday use.

Size comparision

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 lbs165.1 mm / 6.5 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 185 g0.4079 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
  (Angelbird V60)
34.3 MB/s ∼100% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
  (Angelbird V60)
30.6 MB/s ∼89%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=120, last 2 years)
25.9 MB/s ∼76% -15%
Motorola Moto G22
  (Angelbird V60)
24.3 MB/s ∼71% -21%
Xiaomi Poco C40
  (Angelbird V60)
16.8 MB/s ∼49% -45%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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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)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø30.8 (17.6-38.8)
Xiaomi Poco C40 Mali-G52 MP1, JR510, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø34.6 (25.1-45)
Motorola Moto G22 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø35.9 (20.7-46.1)
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)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø50 (37.9-54.4)
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)
Motorola Moto G22 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø72.5 (27.9-75.8)

Communication, software and operation - Still with few LTE frequencies

There is little change in terms of Wi-Fi speed: the New Edition also features Wi-Fi 5 as the fastest standard, delivers quite stable transfer rates, and is similarly fast on Wi-Fi as the original Galaxy A13 4G and other phones in the price range.

Although the new SoC would actually support more LTE bands, the new Galaxy A13 also only communicates with the most necessary bands to be able to operate it in Europe. Thus, as soon as you travel to other countries, you have to take a close look at whether the necessary frequencies for mobile Internet are supported.

Samsung again installs OneUI 4 based on Android 12. The security updates are from October 2022 at the time of testing and thus relatively up-to-date. An update to Android 13 has also been announced.

The phone can be operated quite smoothly despite the 60 Hz screen and feels even more responsive with the new SoC. The phone can be unlocked via the fingerprint sensor in the standby button on the right side of the casing. This is not 100% reliable, but it works most of the time and is also quite fast.

Face recognition via the front-facing camera is also available, and it also works satisfactorily in good lighting conditions.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Motorola Moto G22
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
370 (351min - 376max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
369 (321min - 376max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Poco C40
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
364 (299min - 378max) MBit/s ∼98% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
356 (293min - 370max) MBit/s ∼96% -4%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
328 (300min - 339max) MBit/s ∼100% +8%
Motorola Moto G22
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
326 (305min - 332max) MBit/s ∼99% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
305 (282min - 324max) MBit/s ∼93%
Xiaomi Poco C40
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
272 (225min - 331max) MBit/s ∼83% -11%
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Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø305 (282-324)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø369 (321-376)

Cameras - 50-megapixel with passable dynamic range

Photo from the front camera
Photo from the front camera

Again, nothing has changed compared to the predecessor: as in many inexpensive Samsung phones, the in-house Isocell JN1 sensor is used as the main camera. It has a maximum resolution of 50 megapixels, but usually only takes pictures with a quarter of it, although with larger and more light-sensitive pixels.

The camera shows mediocre image sharpness but offers a decent balance in dynamics, especially in low light. For its inexpensive price range, the main camera does not do a bad job at all.

Even a wide-angle lens is installed in the Galaxy A13 4G New Edition, but it has a rather low resolution like its sister model. It is sufficient for nice snapshots, but it does not meet higher demands.

The front-facing camera with 8 megapixels could use a bit more light sensitivity, but it takes decent selfies in good lighting conditions. However, there is hardly any drawing in dark areas.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraLow LightUltra wide-angle
ColorChecker
17.7 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
22.9 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
14 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
13 ∆E
12 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
17.6 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F: 15.19 ∆E min: 4.43 - max: 22.95 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
52.7 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
44.7 ∆E
60.2 ∆E
52 ∆E
36 ∆E
41.3 ∆E
29.7 ∆E
62.2 ∆E
61.6 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
46.8 ∆E
35.8 ∆E
71.8 ∆E
42.8 ∆E
44 ∆E
79.4 ∆E
68.6 ∆E
50.5 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F: 45.35 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 79.38 ∆E

Display - FullHD screen with less luminosity

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The display shows slight differences between the two models, even though the specs of the PLS screen with 2,408 x1,080 pixels and 60 Hz panel sound the same at the start.

However, the new model doesn't quite reach the luminosity of the Galaxy A13 4G with Exynos SoC. The 453 cd/m² is not a bad value, but still significantly lower than the predecessor.

Again, no PWM is used to dim the screen. Sensitive people should therefore be able to use the display without any problems.

445
cd/m²
478
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
492
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
440
cd/m²
472
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 492 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 453 cd/m² Minimum: 3.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 492 cd/m²
Contrast: 1330:1 (Black: 0.37 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.34 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.398
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
PLS, 2408x1800, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Xiaomi Poco C40
IPS, 1650x720, 6.71
Motorola Moto G22
IPS LCD, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
9%
6%
-11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39 ?(13, 16)
47 ?(27, 20)
-21%
40 ?(23, 17)
-3%
46 ?(25, 21)
-18%
Response Time Black / White *
33 ?(15, 18)
20 ?(9, 11)
39%
28 ?(13, 15)
15%
34 ?(19, 15)
-3%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-7%
-14%
-22%
Brightness middle
492
553
12%
468
-5%
451
-8%
Brightness
453
506
12%
450
-1%
431
-5%
Brightness Distribution
87
87
0%
92
6%
90
3%
Black Level *
0.37
0.44
-19%
0.4
-8%
0.5
-35%
Contrast
1330
1257
-5%
1170
-12%
902
-32%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.34
4.64
-7%
4.53
-4%
5.82
-34%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.94
7.86
-32%
8.96
-51%
9.3
-57%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.7
5.6
-19%
6.5
-38%
5
-6%
Gamma
2.398 92%
2.18 101%
2.191 100%
2.776 79%
CCT
7668 85%
8002 81%
8122 80%
7683 85%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
1% / -4%
-4% / -10%
-17% / -20%

* ... 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 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (35.8 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 19454 (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 - More power for the budget phone

The biggest difference between the two A13 4G models is seen in the performance: the Helio G80 of the New Edition offers considerably more power in our benchmarks and also stands out compared to other devices in the price range.

The faster processor also ensures a smoother experience in everyday use, whether browsing the Internet, in menus, or in apps. The data storage is still slow, but there are only a few smartphones that offer faster storage modules in this price range.

Heating up under a longer load is noticeable at room temperature, but not unpleasant. The Galaxy A13 4G with MediaTek SoC can maintain its full performance even under a long load.

The mono speaker on the lower edge is treble-heavy and lacks a lot of richness, but at least reproduces speech well. However, we would recommend headphones for music. The new SoC offers a 3.5 mm audio port as well as a more modern Bluetooth 5.2. The codec variety is also very limited in the New Edition.

Again, there is a 5,000 mAh battery, which offers good runtimes that are even slightly higher than those of the Galaxy A13 4G with Exynos SoC in our WLAN test. Just under 15 hours should be enough for an intensive workday and even two days without a power outlet are possible with moderate use. Although the SoC would support higher charging speeds, a maximum of 15 watts is possible, and a charger is not included in the New Edition either.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=261, last 2 years)
769 Points ∼100% +156%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (300 - 387, n=10)
360 Points ∼47% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
300 Points ∼39%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
172 Points ∼22% -43%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
164 Points ∼21% -45%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
155 Points ∼20% -48%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (291 - 5538, n=261, last 2 years)
2472 Points ∼100% +213%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (790 - 1370, n=10)
1273 Points ∼51% +61%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
947 Points ∼38% +20%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
818 Points ∼33% +4%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
790 Points ∼32%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
586 Points ∼24% -26%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=223, last 2 years)
10352 Points ∼100% +85%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (5589 - 8120, n=8)
6389 Points ∼62% +14%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5589 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
4966 Points ∼48% -11%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4922 Points ∼48% -12%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
4780 Points ∼46% -14%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 7890, n=148, last 2 years)
2289 Points ∼100% +72%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (1319 - 1384, n=9)
1350 Points ∼59% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1329 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
888 Points ∼39% -33%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
607 Points ∼27% -54%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
453 Points ∼20% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 9814, n=148, last 2 years)
2276 Points ∼100% +93%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (1165 - 1202, n=9)
1187 Points ∼52% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1182 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
771 Points ∼34% -35%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
512 Points ∼22% -57%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
383 Points ∼17% -68%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 4679, n=148, last 2 years)
2840 Points ∼100% +21%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (2347 - 2669, n=9)
2536 Points ∼89% +8%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2347 Points ∼83%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1899 Points ∼67% -19%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1734 Points ∼61% -26%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1265 Points ∼45% -46%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 16067, n=225, last 2 years)
4648 Points ∼100% +243%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (1347 - 1387, n=9)
1366 Points ∼29% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1357 Points ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
916 Points ∼20% -32%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
605 Points ∼13% -55%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
536 Points ∼12% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 25350, n=224, last 2 years)
6189 Points ∼100% +419%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (1179 - 1875, n=9)
1274 Points ∼21% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1192 Points ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
791 Points ∼13% -34%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
508 Points ∼8% -57%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
460 Points ∼7% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 7042, n=224, last 2 years)
3416 Points ∼100% +30%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (2564 - 2830, n=9)
2672 Points ∼78% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2636 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2054 Points ∼60% -22%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1840 Points ∼54% -30%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1283 Points ∼38% -51%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (254 - 10062, n=200, last 2 years)
3174 Points ∼100% +365%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (679 - 691, n=8)
686 Points ∼22% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
682 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
513 Points ∼16% -25%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (247 - 14038, n=224, last 2 years)
4242 Points ∼100% +522%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (682 - 691, n=8)
685 Points ∼16% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
682 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
509 Points ∼12% -25%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3751, n=207, last 2 years)
1148 Points ∼100% +571%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (171 - 176, n=8)
174.3 Points ∼15% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
171 Points ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
139 Points ∼12% -19%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3707, n=199, last 2 years)
1147 Points ∼100% +571%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (171 - 186, n=8)
173.8 Points ∼15% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
171 Points ∼15%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 113, n=257, last 2 years)
34.5 fps ∼100% +326%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (8 - 18, n=9)
12.2 fps ∼35% +51%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8.1 fps ∼23%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7 fps ∼20% -14%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
7 fps ∼20% -14%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
5.3 fps ∼15% -35%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 156, n=258, last 2 years)
43 fps ∼100% +367%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.2 fps ∼21%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (8.7 - 9.2, n=9)
9.09 fps ∼21% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
6.1 fps ∼14% -34%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4 fps ∼9% -57%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
3.9 fps ∼9% -58%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.8 - 86, n=258, last 2 years)
24.3 fps ∼100% +376%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (5.1 - 11, n=9)
7.3 fps ∼30% +43%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5.1 fps ∼21%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5 fps ∼21% -2%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
4.5 fps ∼19% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
3.3 fps ∼14% -35%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 61, n=258, last 2 years)
16.5 fps ∼100% +400%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.3 fps ∼20%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (3.2 - 3.3, n=9)
3.28 fps ∼20% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2.2 fps ∼13% -33%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1.5 fps ∼9% -55%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1.4 fps ∼8% -58%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (3905 - 74261, n=195, last 2 years)
27701 Points ∼100% +126%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12253 Points ∼44%
Average Mediatek Helio G80
  (10432 - 12744, n=7)
11460 Points ∼41% -6%
Xiaomi Poco C40
JLQ JR510, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
5975 Points ∼22% -51%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
5904 Points ∼21% -52%
Motorola Moto G22
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5648 Points ∼20% -54%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137FSamsung Galaxy A13 4GXiaomi Poco C40Motorola Moto G22Average 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
6%
-27%
-53%
-29%
187%
Sequential Read 256KB
300.6
308.5
3%
281.7
-6%
215.45
-28%
273 ?(95.6 - 704, n=195)
-9%
1059 ?(90.5 - 3557, n=253, last 2 years)
252%
Sequential Write 256KB
230.3
236.8
3%
129.8
-44%
112.78
-51%
177 ?(40 - 274, n=195)
-23%
625 ?(11.9 - 2834, n=253, last 2 years)
171%
Random Read 4KB
94.5
104.4
10%
29.2
-69%
39.32
-58%
59.1 ?(9.58 - 148.5, n=195)
-37%
192.1 ?(13.5 - 543, n=253, last 2 years)
103%
Random Write 4KB
61.5
67.3
9%
67.7
10%
16.34
-73%
31.7 ?(2.34 - 146.9, n=195)
-48%
197.4 ?(13 - 552, n=254, last 2 years)
221%

Temperature

Max. Load
 36.2 °C
97 F
30.5 °C
87 F
28.2 °C
83 F
 
 38.1 °C
101 F
30.2 °C
86 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
 37.2 °C
99 F
30.3 °C
87 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 38.1 °C = 101 F
Average: 32 °C = 90 F
29.9 °C
86 F
32 °C
90 F
35.4 °C
96 F
29.9 °C
86 F
32.2 °C
90 F
41.1 °C
106 F
29 °C
84 F
32.4 °C
90 F
42.3 °C
108 F
Maximum: 42.3 °C = 108 F
Average: 33.8 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.3 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 20.1 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32 °C / 90 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 38.1 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.3 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.6 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back side
Heatmap Back side
00.20.40.60.811.21.41.71.92.12.32.52.72.93.13.33.53.73.9Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.044 (1.037-1.056)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø0.84 (0.827-0.851)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø4.12 (4.05-4.14)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø3.07 (3.06-3.08)

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.639.82538.439.43129.428.84033.132.45033.9366325.231.18022.124.110018.222.712516.124.816014.335.820012.839.825012.1453159.450.240010.956.550012.661.863012.760.98001560.710001567.5125012.571.2160011.274.5200011.673.1250012.574.8315013.170.9400014.866.8500015.566.1630016.669.8800017.470.91000017.369.81250017.461.91600018.158.4SPL26.682.7N0.850.6median 14.3median 61.9Delta1.910.848.648.447.648.839.741.631.538.435.230.645.43340.530.138.930.537.225.330.328.723.137.921.645.620.848.624.157.521.460.321.8652369.122.872.823.472.619.571.819.674.117.374.916.876.814.778.312.180.214.275.212.771.110.568.410.565.210.362.232.786.91.864.3median 20.8median 68.43.412.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy A13 4G A137FMotorola Moto G22
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 55% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto G22 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 75% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 84% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Xiaomi Poco C40
6000 mAh
1205 min ∼46% +34%
Motorola Moto G22
5000 mAh
1101 min ∼42% +23%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
5000 mAh
896 min ∼34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=260, last 2 years)
882 min ∼33% -2%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
5000 mAh
864 min ∼33% -4%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
14h 56min

Pros

+ high resolution screen
+ no PWM
+ stable WLAN signal
+ good performance

Cons

- very simple casing
- only the most necessary 4G frequencies

Verdict - Power to the Galaxy

In review: Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F New Edition. Test device provided by:
In review: Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F New Edition. Test device provided by:
notebooksbilliger.com

It is primarily the higher performance that makes the Galaxy A13 4G A137F superior to its sister model: everything runs a bit smoother and you have a bit more reserves for more complex apps, even though the device is of course still not a powerhouse and rather intended for simple applications.

The other differences between the versions are limited to the lower screen brightness and the battery life, which is slightly improved with the new SoC. It is a pity that Samsung does not use the SoC's possibilities with higher charging speeds and more LTE frequencies.

Overall, we would prefer the New Edition over the still available Galaxy A13 4G with Exynos SoC. However, if you get the older version much cheaper, the differences are not big enough to justify a strong surcharge either.

The MediaTek SoC has made the Galaxy A13 4G more powerful, but the differences to the Exynos model are otherwise quite small.

The runtimes of the Xiaomi Poco C40 are significantly longer, but you have to live with less performance. The Moto G22 from Motorola has a lower resolution, but a 90-Hz panel.

Price and availability

If you want to buy the version of Samsung's Galaxy A13 4G with a fast MediaTek processor, you should look out for the addition "New Edition" and/or the model number A137F. This is available directly from the manufacturer in all colors for 148 Euros in the 64 GB variant.

The smaller 32 GB variant can be found at retailers on the Internet, for example at our lender notebooksbilliger.de. It costs 150 Euros, so Samsung's store offers a better deal with more storage at the time of testing. The 64 GB version costs just under 170 Euros at notebooksbilliger.de and with 128 GB it is available for 190 Euros.

Also at other retailers like Cyberport or amazon.com the phone is also available from stock at the time of testing.

Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F - 11/07/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
78%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
45 / 70 → 64%
Weight
88%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
16 / 64 → 25%
Application Performance
60 / 86 → 70%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
68 / 90 → 76%
Camera
50%
Average
72%
77%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-11- 7 (Update: 2022-11- 7)