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Smartphone review: Samsung Galaxy M13 – budget phone with Wi-Fi 5 and Full HD

Looking sharp. While still using the same SoC, the Samsung Galaxy M13 is finally catching up with similarly priced phones when it comes to screen resolution. Read on to find out whether its cameras take better pictures than the ones on its predecessor and how this inexpensive smartphone performs in our review.
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Galaxy M13 (Galaxy M Series)
Processor
Samsung Exynos 850 8 x - 2 GHz, Cortex-A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 2408 x 1080 pixel 400 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, PLS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 55 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD (dedicated, up to 1TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, compass, virtual light sensor, virtual proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 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): 8.4 x 165.4 x 76.9 ( = 0.33 x 6.51 x 3.03 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase detection AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/​30fps (camera 1); 5.0MP, f/​2.2, wide-angle lens (camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.2
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB-C cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.447W/​kg (head), 1.360W/​kg (body) , fanless
Weight
192 g ( = 6.77 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
189 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison with possible competitors

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Storage
Size
Resolution
Best price
75.8 %
07/2022
Samsung Galaxy M13
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
192 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.60"2408x1080
80 %
05/2022
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
SD 680, Adreno 610
179 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.43"2400x1080
76.5 %
05/2022
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
195 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.60"2408x1080
78.9 %
01/2022
Motorola Moto G31
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
181 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.40"2400x1080
75.7 %
06/2021
Samsung Galaxy M12
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
214 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and features – virtual sensors

Although the M13 predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy M12, was a decent budget smartphone, it offered too little performance and had a low-resolution screen. Its main camera also produced videos that didn't impress us. The Samsung Galaxy M13 has addressed some of these points of criticism and now offers a Full HD screen and a partially new camera setup.

The Galaxy M13 still shares some design elements with its predecessor. For example, the rear still has a subtle wavy pattern but drops the vertical lines. This time around, Samsung is offering the phone in "Deep Green", "Light Blue" and "Orange Copper".

The plastic housing is typical for phones in this price range, but it is very well-built and features soft transitions between materials. Pressure can hardly get through to the screen.

At around 190 Euros ($192), the Galaxy M13 with 64 GB of storage is 10 Euros (~$10) cheaper than the previous model. You can also find a 128 GB variant on the Internet, which costs around 20 Euros (~$20) more. Both models come with 4 GB of RAM.

Like its predecessor, the phone supports NFC – which is still not always a given for a device under 200 Euros (~$202). NFC is required, for example, if you want to use Google Pay or other contactless applications.

One unique feature of the Galaxy M13 is its virtual light and proximity sensor. Instead of having a separate sensor to control screen brightness or turn off the display during a call, the phone uses the front camera and a software solution to detect the corresponding situations. The results are mediocre when it comes to detecting lighting conditions, as the sensor reacts slowly or not at all to very strong ambient light. On the other hand, the proximity sensing works fairly reliably during a call.

The microSD reader remains usable even with two SIM cards in the device and is average for the price range in terms of speed.

Size comparison

165.1 mm / 6.5 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs165.4 mm / 6.51 inch 76.9 mm / 3.03 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs161.9 mm / 6.37 inch 73.9 mm / 2.91 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 181 g0.399 lbs159.87 mm / 6.29 inch 73.87 mm / 2.91 inch 8.09 mm / 0.3185 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
  (Angelbird V60)
34.3 MB/s ∼100% +20%
Samsung Galaxy M13
  (Angelbird V60)
28.5 MB/s ∼83%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=105, last 2 years)
26 MB/s ∼76% -9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
24.74 MB/s ∼72% -13%
Motorola Moto G31
  (Angelbird V60)
17.7 MB/s ∼52% -38%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy M13 Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø31 (18.9-38.9)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø38.4 (25.6-49.1)
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)
Motorola Moto G31 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø35 (24.2-45.6)
Samsung Galaxy M13 Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø49.7 (31.5-53.6)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø76.4 (38.4-81.8)
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)
Motorola Moto G31 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76.7 (37.3-82.8)

Connectivity, software and usability – Wi-Fi 5 at long last

Compared with the Galaxy M12, the new phone has been upgraded to Wi-Fi 5, which is overdue even in this price category. During our tests using the reference router Asus ROG AXE11000, we managed to get stable speeds of around 325 Mbits/s.

In terms of mobile network coverage, the phone supports up to LTE but not too many frequencies. This means that you can't be sure whether you will be able to use mobile Internet while abroad. We tested the smartphone's reception quality at random and found that it doesn't quite measure up to more expensive phones. Occasionally, the Galaxy M13's signal strength was only around half that of other phones at the same location.

On the Galaxy M13, Samsung has installed Android 12 with their own One UI overlay, which features some design changes that facilitate one-handed use of the phone. Samsung uses its own apps in many areas, but has at least stopped preinstalling Google apps (apart from the news app and gallery) with similar functionality on top of its apps. Although the phone comes with preinstalled advertising apps, there are only very few of them.

The touchscreen is highly precise to use. The fingerprint sensor is built into the standby button on the right side of the phone. It reacts properly to a finger that has been registered and unlocks the phone in a flash. You can also use facial recognition to unlock the phone. This feature works without any issues; however, it is a purely software-based solution and is therefore not as secure.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Motorola Moto G31
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (334min - 352max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
Motorola Moto G31
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
353 (261min - 359max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
356 (293min - 370max) MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Samsung Galaxy M13
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
328 (286min - 348max) MBit/s ∼92%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
322 (162min - 386max) MBit/s ∼90% -2%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
328 (300min - 339max) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Samsung Galaxy M13
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
325 (301min - 333max) MBit/s ∼99%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
298 (198min - 345max) MBit/s ∼91% -8%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø325 (301-333)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø328 (286-348)

Cameras – muddy wide-angle images

Picture taken with the front camera

Samsung has removed the depth camera for taking portraits, which was of dubious utility. Instead, the Galaxy M13 now features a 50MP main camera, a 5MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP macro camera. 


The main camera uses the Samsung Isocell JN1 sensor. It has fairly small pixels but bins four of them into a larger pixel to take 12.5MP images with decent light sensitivity. The sharpness and detail of the photos are average at best. The white flowers on the plant are clearly overexposed. Larger areas appear somewhat grainy and the candle flame is overexposed in the low-light and high-contrast situation. Although no details can be seen in very dark areas, the camera is able to reproduce details quite well.

The phone can record videos at up to 1080p and 30 fps. However, only digital zoom is available when taking videos. The sluggish autofocus continues to be the biggest problem of the phone's video recording capabilities, which are otherwise decent for phones in this price range.

The 5MP wide-angle lens produces acceptable photos, with the distortion at the edges being quite well corrected. A noticeably soft-looking band can be seen at the picture's left edge, and the trees on the right are likewise very blurry.

The 8MP front camera takes good pictures under normal lighting conditions. In darker places, however, it struggles to reproduce details.

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 camera FlowerMain camera Environment Main camera Low LightWide-angle camera
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ColorChecker
21.6 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
20.6 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
21 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
11 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
22.6 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
17 ∆E
20.8 ∆E
21 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M13: 16.1 ∆E min: 3.74 - max: 29.42 ∆E
ColorChecker
29 ∆E
49.8 ∆E
37.1 ∆E
33.4 ∆E
42.2 ∆E
56.8 ∆E
48.4 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
36.2 ∆E
26.4 ∆E
56.2 ∆E
58.6 ∆E
27.1 ∆E
42.7 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
67 ∆E
38.8 ∆E
40.1 ∆E
67.5 ∆E
64.6 ∆E
48.5 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M13: 41.89 ∆E min: 13.55 - max: 67.45 ∆E

Display – now in Full HD but with dull colors

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

There is finally an inexpensive phone in the Galaxy M series that features a Full HD screen. Samsung was at risk of being left in the dust by the competition in this department. However, manufacturers like Xiaomi and Motorola are meanwhile already equipping phones in this price category with OLED displays, while Samsung is still holding on to PLS panels.

As a result, the Galaxy M13's display is somewhat dull and has less contrast than some of its competitors. Colour reproduction is also significantly less accurate, as shown by the tests we performed using a spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software. The screen also has a distinct blue tinge when displaying shades of grey.

418
cd/m²
463
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
481
cd/m²
459
cd/m²
407
cd/m²
447
cd/m²
465
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 481 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 444.4 cd/m² Minimum: 2.45 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 481 cd/m²
Contrast: 1119:1 (Black: 0.43 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.55 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 5.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.233
Samsung Galaxy M13
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Motorola Moto G31
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
Response Times
92%
-59%
68%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
27 ?(14, 13)
1.135 ?(1.121, 1.148)
96%
47 ?(27, 20)
-74%
6 ?(3, 3)
78%
Response Time Black / White *
14 ?(9, 5)
1.635 ?(0.831, 0.8045)
88%
20 ?(9, 11)
-43%
6 ?(3, 3)
57%
PWM Frequency
171.4
223.2
Screen
57%
5%
25%
Brightness middle
481
702
46%
553
15%
423
-12%
Brightness
444
701
58%
506
14%
425
-4%
Brightness Distribution
85
98
15%
87
2%
94
11%
Black Level *
0.43
0.44
-2%
Contrast
1119
1257
12%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.55
1
78%
4.64
-2%
1.58
65%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.86
2.3
71%
7.86
-0%
4.68
40%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.5
1.4
75%
5.6
-2%
2.7
51%
Gamma
2.233 99%
2.2 100%
2.18 101%
2.219 99%
CCT
7969 82%
6520 100%
8002 81%
6674 97%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
75% / 66%
-27% / -8%
47% / 36%

* ... 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
14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
27 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 13 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.2 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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19657 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN colour accuracy
CalMAN colour accuracy
CalMAN colour space sRGB
CalMAN colour space sRGB
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life – lacking in performance

We thought the Samsung Exynos 850 was adequate in the Galaxy M12 for its price range. One year later, however, the same SoC in the Galaxy M13 is clearly too slow when compared with the Snapdragon 680 in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11.

With performance differentials reaching 40, 50 or even 70 per cent in our benchmarks, it is clear how far the phone is trailing behind in terms of performance. This is noticeable, for example, when you restart the phone: it takes a long time for the phone to become actually usable again. In day-to-day use, we also don't recommend running overly demanding apps on the Galaxy M13. Otherwise, the phone will start to visibly stutter. This is in part due to the very slow eMMC storage.

Under load, the smartphone only becomes slightly warm in certain parts and therefore remains comfortable to use.

The speaker sounds quite thin and is unable to cope with more powerful sections of a music track. While it at least doesn't buzz at full volume, the speaker is also not very loud when turned all the way up.

It is more enjoyable to use a pair of headphones or external speakers when listening to music on the phone. They can be connected via the 3.5 mm audio jack or Bluetooth. The phone supports a decent selection of Bluetooth codecs (including aptX). However, none of them are capable of HD audio, meaning sound quality is rather average.

Samsung didn't include any charger with this budget phone. With a maximum charging speed of 15 watts, the phone will take up to 2 hours to fully charge its large 5,000 mAh battery. On a full charge, you will be able to browse the Internet for almost 15 hours before the battery is depleted. Consequently, depending on usage, the phone should be able to last you two days without having to be charged.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
119 Points ∼16%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
384 Points ∼53% +223%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
155 Points ∼21% +30%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
353 Points ∼48% +197%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (119 - 183, n=6)
165.8 Points ∼23% +39%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=266, last 2 years)
729 Points ∼100% +513%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
519 Points ∼22%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1738 Points ∼74% +235%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
586 Points ∼25% +13%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1295 Points ∼55% +150%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (519 - 1087, n=6)
874 Points ∼37% +68%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=266, last 2 years)
2349 Points ∼100% +353%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
4894 Points ∼47%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
7694 Points ∼74% +57%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
4966 Points ∼47% +1%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
6596 Points ∼63% +35%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (4894 - 6065, n=4)
5416 Points ∼52% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=191, last 2 years)
10457 Points ∼100% +114%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
887 Points ∼37%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1365 Points ∼58% +54%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
888 Points ∼37% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1408 Points ∼59% +59%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (861 - 912, n=6)
879 Points ∼37% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=165, last 2 years)
2371 Points ∼100% +167%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
768 Points ∼32%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1188 Points ∼49% +55%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
771 Points ∼32% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1246 Points ∼52% +62%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (738 - 788, n=6)
758 Points ∼31% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=165, last 2 years)
2412 Points ∼100% +214%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1930 Points ∼68%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2683 Points ∼95% +39%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1899 Points ∼67% -2%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2578 Points ∼91% +34%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (1899 - 2037, n=6)
1979 Points ∼70% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5262, n=165, last 2 years)
2838 Points ∼100% +47%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
920 Points ∼21%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1372 Points ∼32% +49%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
916 Points ∼21% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1430 Points ∼33% +55%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (866 - 920, n=6)
893 Points ∼21% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 13223, n=233, last 2 years)
4317 Points ∼100% +369%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
793 Points ∼14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1199 Points ∼21% +51%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
791 Points ∼14% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1267 Points ∼22% +60%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (736 - 793, n=6)
766 Points ∼14% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20955, n=232, last 2 years)
5639 Points ∼100% +611%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2084 Points ∼63%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2573 Points ∼78% +23%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2054 Points ∼62% -1%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2603 Points ∼79% +25%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (2042 - 2168, n=6)
2102 Points ∼64% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5857, n=232, last 2 years)
3292 Points ∼100% +58%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
507 Points ∼16%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
447 Points ∼14% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
513 Points ∼16% +1%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
719 Points ∼23% +42%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (422 - 513, n=5)
460 Points ∼15% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=204, last 2 years)
3129 Points ∼100% +517%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
509 Points ∼13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
435 Points ∼11% -15%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
509 Points ∼13% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
717 Points ∼19% +41%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (423 - 509, n=5)
459 Points ∼12% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 12429, n=220, last 2 years)
3832 Points ∼100% +653%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
139 Points ∼13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
127 Points ∼12% -9%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
139 Points ∼13% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
181 Points ∼16% +30%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (116 - 139, n=4)
128.3 Points ∼12% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3383, n=181, last 2 years)
1098 Points ∼100% +690%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
139 Points ∼13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
124 Points ∼11% -11%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
180 Points ∼17% +29%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (117 - 139, n=3)
124.3 Points ∼11% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3265, n=175, last 2 years)
1088 Points ∼100% +683%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
5.3 fps ∼17%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
8.8 fps ∼28% +66%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
5.3 fps ∼17% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8.4 fps ∼26% +58%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (5.3 - 12, n=6)
9.43 fps ∼29% +78%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=260, last 2 years)
32 fps ∼100% +504%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
6.1 fps ∼15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
9.8 fps ∼25% +61%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
6.1 fps ∼15% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.6 fps ∼24% +57%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (6.1 - 6.2, n=6)
6.17 fps ∼16% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=262, last 2 years)
39.5 fps ∼100% +548%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
3.3 fps ∼15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
5 fps ∼22% +52%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
3.3 fps ∼15% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5.4 fps ∼24% +64%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (3.3 - 7.4, n=6)
5.88 fps ∼26% +78%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 86, n=261, last 2 years)
22.6 fps ∼100% +585%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M13
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2.2 fps ∼15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
3.2 fps ∼21% +45%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2.2 fps ∼15% 0%
Motorola Moto G31
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.5 fps ∼23% +59%
Average Samsung Exynos 850
  (2.2 - 2.2, n=6)
2.2 fps ∼15% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=262, last 2 years)
15.1 fps ∼100% +586%
Samsung Galaxy M13Xiaomi Redmi Note 11Samsung Galaxy A13 4GMotorola Moto G31Average 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
288%
77%
98%
9%
316%
Sequential Read 256KB
264.5
895.34
239%
308.5
17%
309.8
17%
273 ?(95.6 - 704, n=190)
3%
992 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=256, last 2 years)
275%
Sequential Write 256KB
193.5
519.23
168%
236.8
22%
221.5
14%
176.8 ?(40 - 274, n=190)
-9%
542 ?(11.9 - 1776, n=256, last 2 years)
180%
Random Read 4KB
42.5
172.95
307%
104.4
146%
84
98%
58.7 ?(9.58 - 148.5, n=190)
38%
179 ?(13.5 - 390, n=256, last 2 years)
321%
Random Write 4KB
30.3
163.29
439%
67.3
122%
109.8
262%
31 ?(2.34 - 146.9, n=190)
2%
178.6 ?(30.3 - 503, n=257, last 2 years)
489%

Temperature

Max. Load
 36.6 °C
98 F
31.7 °C
89 F
31.9 °C
89 F
 
 38.2 °C
101 F
31.8 °C
89 F
32.3 °C
90 F
 
 37.5 °C
100 F
31.9 °C
89 F
32.2 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Average: 33.8 °C = 93 F
31.1 °C
88 F
33.4 °C
92 F
35.5 °C
96 F
31.8 °C
89 F
34 °C
93 F
40.8 °C
105 F
31.5 °C
89 F
33.4 °C
92 F
41.1 °C
106 F
Maximum: 41.1 °C = 106 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.2 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.8 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.2 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.1 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.5 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap front
Heatmap front
Heatmap rear
Heatmap rear

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.740.22535.739.43127.331.44033.330.35037.434.16325.227.48018.220.710020.522.712513.520.116017.331.720013.538.525013.544.931513.149.840012.952.650013.359.563015.460.880014.160.9100012.96712509.671.6160010.671.5200010.372.325001172.7315012.673400015.267.5500016.857.9630016.465.4800016.565.71000016.668.21250015.961.81600016.649.7SPL26.381.4N0.746.6median 13.5median 60.9Delta1.910.5404532.434.927.626.729.930.534.935.32727.917.821.814.222.313.32910.236.18.842.79.648.57.351.77.354.89.261.712.962.117.362.912.969.710.967.79.77210.267.611.665.71370.113.968.715.266.815.770.215.873.417.166.516.163.716.658.225.880.70.748.5median 12.9median 63.72.88.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy M13Motorola Moto G31
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy M13 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 77% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto G31 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 22% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 70% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 48% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Motorola Moto G31
5000 mAh
1032 min ∼39% +15%
Samsung Galaxy M13
5000 mAh
895 min ∼34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=267, last 2 years)
894 min ∼34% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
5000 mAh
864 min ∼33% -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
5000 mAh
842 min ∼32% -6%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
14h 55min

Pros

+ sturdy, well-made body
+ dedicated microSD card reader
+ NFC
+ very responsive fingerprint sensor
+ good battery life

Cons

- unreliable virtual light sensor
- only a few LTE frequencies supported
- some preinstalled advertising apps
- mediocre speaker
- sluggish autofocus in video mode
- low system performance
- screen with a blue tinge

Verdict – noticeably improved, but lacking in certain areas

Review: Samsung Galaxy M13.
Review: Samsung Galaxy M13.

The Samsung Galaxy M13 is slightly less expensive than its predecessor and yet offers a few updates: in particular, the high-resolution screen is a welcomed change, even if it is still a somewhat dull-looking PLS panel. 

The camera's autofocus still can't handle videos well, and we don't exactly recommend examining photos from the wide-angle camera too closely. Having said that, the main camera's image quality is absolutely acceptable for a phone in this price range.

Samsung really needs to give the next budget Galaxy M phone more performance because the Galaxy M13 has fallen significantly behind similarly priced devices from other manufacturers in this regard.

The Samsung Galaxy M13 offers a well-built chassis, NFC support and fast Wi-Fi. However, there are still better alternatives available in terms of performance and screen.

If you prefer a bright and vibrant OLED screen, then the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is probably the better choice for you. If a high-resolution screen is not as important to you, then you might also want to consider the predecessor Galaxy M12, which can now be had for much cheaper.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M13 is available from Amazon UK or the manufacturer's online shop for $172. The 128 GB version is currently not yet available in the UK.

Samsung Galaxy M13 - 07/12/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
45 / 70 → 65%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
84%
Games Performance
8 / 64 → 13%
Application Performance
58 / 86 → 67%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 90 → 56%
Camera
52%
Average
70%
76%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-07-15 (Update: 2022-07-18)