Samsung quietly announces the Galaxy M13, another budget champ

It is safe to say that the M series from Samsung is not as popular as the A-series or the more premium S series. However, the M series has a few gems here and there, and the Galaxy M13 might soon be categorized as one of them.

Samsung has not yet officially announced the price for this new M series device, however, several leakers have and by also looking at the specs sheet, there is a strong indication that the Galaxy M13 falls towards the budget category and will most likely compete with the Galaxy A13 and the older A12.

Starting with the display, the Galaxy M13 has a 6.6-inch IPS LCD Infinity-V display with Full HD+ resolution. This display size matches that of the Galaxy A13 while being only slightly bigger than the Galaxy A12’s display at 6.5 inches.

The similarities to the Galaxy A13 do not stop there, as the Galaxy  M13 also features the Exynos 850 octa-core processor. This Exynos chipset is only capable of up to 4G support, meaning the Galaxy M13 5G that is also on the way will be powered by a different chipset.

In terms of RAM/Storage configurations, only two variants with either 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage or 4 GB RAM coupled with 128 GB of expandable storage will be available. The decision to not have a variant with 6 GB of RAM is likely tied to Samsung not wanting the M13 to balloon past a certain price point and probably competing with the more expensive Galaxy A23

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Unlike the Galaxy A12 and A13 which both offer a Quad camera set up for the rear cameras, the Galaxy M13 will feature a triple camera set up consisting of a 50 MP f/1.8 main, a 5 MP f/2.2 ultrawide, and a 2 MP f/2.4 depth sensor. The selfie camera at the front is more straightforward, featuring a single 8 MP f/2.2 sensor.

On the software side, the Samsung Galaxy M13 runs Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI Core 4.1 coat over it.  The “Core” in this case indicates that not all features present in the One UI 4.1 will be present on the Galaxy M13, mainly because of the entry-level nature of the hardware used here.

The 5G version of the M13 with a more powerful chipset might get all the features of One UI 4.1, but only time will tell, considering Samsung has not yet acknowledged the existence of the device.

In terms of battery, the Galaxy M13 once again shows its similarity to the Galaxy A12 and the A13, featuring the same 5,000 mAh battery that should be able to easily take you through a day or two of moderate day-to-day use. 15 W fast charging should give the Galaxy M13 reasonable charging speeds, but this is on the lower side, especially compared to other rivals like Xiaomi in the same price bracket.

Other notable features for the Galaxy M13 include a 3.5 mm headphone jack, as well as support for dual SIM functionality. The device will be available in Deep Green, Orange Copper, and Light Blue.

Prices for the Galaxy A13 are expected to start at Rs 10,999 in India which is around Kshs 16,500 in Kenya making it slightly cheaper than both the Galaxy A13 and A12.

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Naftaly is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for tech, video games and pop culture. When he is not writing articles for AndroidKenya, he is probably rewatching the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the hundredth time. Email at criskariuki@gmail.com Twitter @KarisNaftaly

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