For the first time, a smartphone can be purchased for under PHP 11,000 and comes with a four-year warranty on security updates. You’ll experience fluid performance that can easily handle the majority of smartphone tasks, including gaming, and take decent photos that won’t make you want to stab your eyes out. That is how I have found the Samsung Galaxy A13 to perform for me.
This Android phone might not look all that great—its good value and chic body collect so many fingerprints—but I’ve used it without a problem for almost a month. The Galaxy A13 has the essentials down for a very low price if you hate spending money on a phone and don’t care about having the greatest cameras.
For an enticing value, it offers a large, high-quality screen, a solid battery, and expandable storage. But is it worth buying? Let’s examine it to find out.
Let’s inspect the retail package before moving on to the review. Samsung has included the basic stuff inside the box, except for the protective cover.
Check out our full unboxing video here:
Additionally, the Galaxy A13’s whole packaging is constructed of non-corrugated fiberboard (paperboard), also known by the designation 21 PAP. It is environmentally friendly because it is constructed of cellulose fibers, which are reusable and biodegradable.
Build and Design
When you first look at a phone, you could assume it’s more expensive than it actually is, and when that happens, you can tell that the design and engineering teams did a good job.
The phone’s 6.6-inch screen, which measures 165.1 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, or 6.5 inches by 3 inches by 0.35 inches, determines the size of the device. By modern standards, the phone weighs 195 grams, or 0.43 pounds, and is a comparatively small device that is comfortable to handle and simple to grip.
As you look at the phone, the volume controls are on the right, and the power button has an integrated fingerprint sensor. While we prefer these sensors to be embedded into the screen, it’s not a deal-breaker. Samsung managed to fit a 3.5mm headphone jack right next to the USB-C port that is located at the bottom of the device.
Budget phones have not yet benefited from the miracles of waterproofing and dustproofing, and the A13 is no exception. You won’t want to drop it in the sink or even let the rain catch it.
The Galaxy A13’s screen is rather impressive for the price, thanks to Gorilla Glass 5. Sadly, it isn’t an AMOLED display like you’ll find on most Samsung phones, nor is it as good as the few low-cost phones that are lucky enough to have OLED panels, but such models typically make compromises somewhere else.
The Galaxy A13’s screen is absolutely adequate when viewed straight on, despite having average viewing angles that cause brightness to decrease and colors to fade the more you tilt it away from you. It has excellent, vibrant colors that are reasonably true to life and can display a wide variety of them. The default wallpaper effectively highlights these features, and the resolution is on par with some phones that cost four times as much.
Although greater refresh rates are becoming more popular at this price, it’s not surprising that it has a bog-standard 60Hz refresh rate. As a result, you could find that some other competing budget phones are a little smoother to use.
The middle of the display has a teardrop notch, and while the bezels aren’t the narrowest you’re likely to see, they aren’t ugly either. The screen’s rounded corners do seem a little bit excessive, but again, this is not a serious issue that would prevent you from getting the Galaxy A13.
The Galaxy A13 camera is great for social media
A 50MP wide, a 5MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth camera are the four that are available.
The device can capture video at 30 frames per second in up to 1080p resolution. Unfortunately, there is no stabilization, so if you don’t keep the phone very still, it can be pretty shaky and unwatchable. Utilizing a third-party tool like CapCut may be necessary to stabilize video footage.
The 50MP main camera is the center of attention, and with excellent lighting and enough time to keep the phone steady, you can take some seriously gorgeous pictures with it. Even though it doesn’t have an optical zoom, the digital zoom does a good job of picking out details, and the HDR processing does a good job of keeping details in both dark and light areas clear.
Here are some daylight shots taken in Puerto Princesa, Palawan:
The main camera’s low-light images are quite good, especially for a low-cost device. Without using an excessive level of sharpening, there is a nice amount of detail. There is hardly any noise.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy A13 doesn’t have a night mode, but it can still take good pictures in low light.
Here are some lowlight shots for your consumption:
It’s an awesome daily driver
Samsung’s Exynos 850 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage are all included in the Galaxy A13. If needed, additional storage may be added using a microSD card.
A new software framework, including Android 12 and Samsung’s exclusive One UI 4.1, is included with the Galaxy A13 out of the box. Even though the popular custom software layer is now at version 4.1, the Galaxy A13 only gets a shortened version called “One UI 4.1 Core.”
Check out these benchmark tests we’ve conducted:
Benchmarks are one thing, but in practice, its performance is rather respectable given its price.
All-day battery life!
You’ll also like Galaxy A13’s large battery capacity as one of its advantages. The A13’s 5000mAh battery performed admirably for 14 hours and 23 minutes in PCMark’s battery test.
With a normal level of use, the Galaxy A13’s 5,000 mAh battery should last you more than a day. If you’re very careful, you might even get two days out of it. This is because of the huge battery and the less powerful internal components.
The battery level dropped by 10% after an hour of low-volume video playback on the phone with the screen at maximum brightness, indicating a total playback time of about 10 hours. You could stretch it even farther if you dimmed the screen, making long-distance movie viewing possible.
This phone only supports wired charging; wireless charging is not an option. This is to be expected for a smartphone in this price bracket. The wired charging rate is also quite decent at 25W.
Samsung Galaxy A13 Specs
- Processor: Octa-core Samsung Exynos 850
- Memory: 4GB
- Storage: 128GB + microSD up to 1TB
- Display: 6.6in 20:9 1080×2400 IPS LCD
- Cameras: 50MP (main), 5MP (ultra-wide), 2MP macro, 2MP depth, 8MP front
- Headphone Jack: Yes
- Battery: 5,000mAh
- OS: Android 12 with OneUI 4.1
- FM Radio: No
- Dimensions: 165 x 76.5 x 9mm (6.5 x 3.0 x 0.4″)
- Weight: 195g
- Wi-Fi 5
- Bluetooth 5
- USB 2.0 (USB-C)
- Colors: Blue, black, white
Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy A13?
This is for those who desire a premium-brand phone at a reasonable price. The Samsung Galaxy A13 is the ideal choice for those of you who want to spend as little money as possible because there aren’t many brand-new smartphones available for less than its asking price.
If you’re trying to find a good camera, the Samsung Galaxy A13’s quad-lens camera is one of the best at this price point and can produce excellent images.
Additionally, the Galaxy A13’s 5,000 mAh battery and software optimization give it a battery life that is above average for people who are constantly on the go.
The Samsung Galaxy A13 is currently available in all retail stores and partner online shops across the country, for only PHP 10,490.
Get up to 56% off on OPPO Gadgets in the 8.8 Mega Flash Sale
From August 8 to 12, grab exciting freebies, vouchers, deals on Shopee and Lazada.
Heads up, shoppers! OPPO will offer incredible discounts with awesome freebies, vouchers, and deals during the OPPO 8.8 Mega Flash Sale on Shopee and Lazada.
From August 8 to 12, visit and shop on OPPO’s Official Stores to enjoy up to 56% off on OPPO gadgets. You can collect a Php 200 off voucher if you reach a minimum spend of Php 9,999 and a Php 400 off for every minimum purchase of Php 14,999.
Don’t miss the chance to use your Php 50 and Php 55 shipping discount vouchers before checking out if you have a minimum spend of Php 500 on Shopee and Lazada, respectively.
For Lazada shoppers, you can also get a Php 50 off voucher for every minimum purchase of Php 500, including a 10% cashback on your orders.
Freebies to watch out for on 8.8
If you plan to shop from 12 pm to 2 pm on August 8, take advantage of free G25 Bluetooth earphones for each smartphone order ID. Later in the day, you also can enjoy a free A8 long speaker if you order the OPPO A55 from 9 pm to 11:59 pm.
A wide array of freebies are also in store for you throughout the sale. That includes a free 32GB SD Card when you order OPPO A16 3GB, a free TG113 Bluetooth speaker for every purchase of OPPO A55, a free Neon Island desk pad for all your OPPO Reno6 Series purchases, and a free A8 long speaker with Neon Island desk pad for every OPPO Reno7 Series orders.
Flash deals, and giveaways on OPPO’s 8.8 TikTok Livestream
There’s more to look forward to on 8.8 when you check out OPPO Philippines on TikTok. Be sure to watch out for limited flash deals and giveaways during OPPO’s 8.8 TikTok Livestream on the following dates: August 7 from 2 pm to 9 pm; August 8 from 11 am to 9 pm; August 9 from 11 am to 7 pm, and August 10 from 11 am to 7 pm.
Bundle deals on Shopee, Lazada
Exciting bundle deals are also available from August 8 to 12, such as OPPO Band and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 1,999; OPPO A55 and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 9,499; OPPO A94 and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 11,999; OPPO Reno5 and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 15,999; and OPPO Reno5 5G and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 19,999.
Mark your calendars now! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy OPPO 8.8 Mega Flash Sale spectacular treats to welcome August on Shopee and Lazada, even on TikTok. Add to the cart and check out your favorite OPPO devices at great deals so you can finally take home the gadgets you have been saving up for!
Vivo announces 8.8 Mega Sale in Shopee, Lazada and TikTok Shop
Enjoy exclusive vouchers and freebies!
Vivo brings a surefire way to satisfy shoppers in this 8.8 Mega Sale! You can avail of vivo T1x, vivo Y1s, or vivo Y01 with vouchers, and exclusive freebies on Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop.
The vivo T1x, with an original price of PHP 8,999, will be available at a reduced price of PHP 8,897 with a P100 off voucher, FREE DITO SIMCARD, and FREE TWS Voguard. Designed for gamers, the vivo T1x comes with a high-performing Snapdragon 680 processor, 4GB RAM (1GB RAM Extended) + 64GB ROM, 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging capability, Multi-Turbo 5.0 that helps you run your favorite mobile gaming apps smoothly. It also comes with a 50MP camera that can capture life’s best moments effortlessly and get pristine clarity whether you zoom in or crop photos. The vivo T1x also supports unique and high-quality camera features like Bokeh Camera, Super Macro Camera, 8MP Super Night Selfie, and Personalized Portrait Mode. It has a beautiful 6.58“ FHD+ Incell screen display and anti-fingerprint design with unique colorways in Gravity Black and Space Blue.
Shoppers can also get the vivo Y01 for a fun deal. From PHP 5,299, it will be available for PHP 5,247 with P50 off voucher, FREE DITO SIMCARD, and FREE Premium Tumbler. The vivo Y01 is a great all-rounder device. It is an entry-level smartphone but packs advanced features like a 6.51-inch HD+ display for an immersive viewing experience, an 8MP rear camera for everyday shooting, and a 5 MP selfie camera on a small notch. It also has a 5000mAh battery that enables longer playtime and is also capable of reverse charging. The vivo Y01 can also run mobile games without lags because of its Multi-Turbo 3.0. This smartphone comes in a 3D slim design and is available in Elegant Black and Sapphire Blue.
For those who are looking for a more affordable smartphone, the vivo Y1s is another good option to consider. From PHP 5,499, it will be available for PHP 4,847 with P50 off voucher and FREE DITO SIMCARD. The vivo Y1s features a 6.22-inch Halo FullView™ display, providing a pleasant view for both videos and games. Plus, it can filter out harmful blue light to prevent eye strain. With elegant 3D body curves, the vivo Y1s fits perfectly in the palm for a comfortable grip. Its 32GB of internal ROM gives ample freedom to store more photos, files, and applications. It can also expand to up to 256GB with an additional SD card. And at a 4,030mAh battery, supported by exclusive smart power management, keeps it going longer for a more enjoyable gaming and video experience. It comes with a 13MP Main Camera and a 5 MP Front Camera with smart beauty features. The vivo Y1s will be available in limited quantity so add to cart now!
Other than T1x, Y01 and Y1s, vivo 8.8 Mega Sale also offers amazing freebies on other select Y Series, T Series, V Series, and X Series models and accessories. Check out these special deals on Shopee and Lazada:
Motorola Moto G32 is now official
A new budget smartphone from Motorola.
American tech firm Motorola recently announced its latest installment to the G lineup — the Moto G32. It is a mid-range handset featuring the Snapdragon 680 chip, a 90Hz display, and a 50MP triple-camera setup.
For starters, the Moto G32 sports an enormous 6.5-inch Full HD+ display in an IPS LCD panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and a punch-hole cut-out housing the 16MP selfie snapper. Around the back is a triple-camera setup consisting of 50MP primary, alongside 8MP 118-degree ultra-wide and 2MP macro camera units.
Powering the device is a Snapdragon 680 chipset, paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. It packs a large 5,000mAh battery that charges at 30W through a USB-C port and runs on Android 12. Other features include dual-band Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC.
The Motorola Moto G32 is available in Mineral Gray, Satin Silver, and Rose Gold colors, it starts at EUR 210 (~US$ 215, PHP 11.9K) for the base 4GB + 64GB memory configuration.
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