Samsung’s new $250 Galaxy A13 5G

The tech giant on Wednesday announced the Galaxy A13 5G, a $250 phone that comes with 5G support and a triple-lens camera. It will be sold through AT&T, starting today. At that price, the Galaxy A13 is even cheaper than the Galaxy A32, which was Samsung’s cheapest 5G phone when it debuted in the US in April for $280.

Galaxy A13’s launch is another sign that the company intends to continue expanding its footprint in the budget market, an area where Google and Motorola have seen success.

The Galaxy A13 appears to be a successor to Samsung’s Galaxy A12, which debuted for $180 in April and lacks 5G connectivity. But the Galaxy A13 improves on its predecessor in a few other ways besides the addition of 5G support. The Galaxy A13 comes with twice the amount of internal storage (64GB compared to 32GB), a screen with a 90Hz adaptive refresh rate and a 50-megapixel main camera. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy A13 has a screen that measures 6.5 inches.

Galaxy A13 comes with a triple-lens main camera compared with the Galaxy A12’s four-lens system. Along with that 50-megapixel main camera, you’ll get a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera on the Galaxy A13. The Galaxy A12, by comparison, features a 16-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel ultrawide camera, and similar macro and depth cameras. There’s also only a 5-megapixel front camera on the Galaxy A13, while the Galaxy A12 has an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

The Galaxy A13 5G has a 5,000-mAh battery, like its predecessor, and supports 15-watt fast charging. It runs on MediaTek’s Dimensity 700 processor, which is also found in the wallet-friendly RealMe 8 5G. It’s also important to note that the Galaxy A13 supports sub-6GHz 5G and not millimeter-wave 5G, which is significantly faster but only operates at short ranges.

The Galaxy A13 5G will be available through AT&T this week and will come to T-Mobile and Samsung’s website in January. If the Galaxy A13 5G turns out to be anything like the Galaxy A32 5G, it’ll be a promising option for those shopping for a basic and affordable 5G phone.