Samsung Galaxy A13 and A03s are coming to the United States, starting at $159

Samsung Galaxy A13 and A03s are coming to the United States, starting at $159

The United States definitely has a shortage of quality budget phones, especially compared to more competitive markets like India and Europe. Samsung’s low-end Galaxy devices are about as good as you can get in ‘Murica, and now there are two more models coming to the country: the Galaxy A13 and Galaxy A03s.

The Galaxy A13 is the more powerful of the two phones, according to Samsung’s announcement, with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset and a price tag of $249.99. The 90Hz screen and sub-6GHz 5G support are somewhat impressive at this price range, but the rest is about what you would expect for a budget phone. Samsung says the A13 will be available starting December 3rd at AT&T and Samsung’s online store, and the phone will be available at T-Mobile sometime in January.

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy A13 5G
BuildPlastic
Dimensions & Weight
  • 164.5 x 76.5 x 8.8mm
  • 95g
Display
  • 6.5-inch 720 x 1600 LCD
  • 90Hz (Adaptive)
SoC
  • MediaTek Dimensity 700
  • Octa-core (2 x 2.2Ghz + 6 x 2.0Ghz)
RAM & Storage
  • 64GB internal storage
Battery & Charging
  • 5,000 mAh battery
  • 15W wired charging (wall charger not included in box)
SecuritySide fingerprint sensor
Rear Cameras
  • 50MP (f/1.8) Primary
  • 2MP (f/2.4) Macro
  • 2MP (f/2.4) Depth
Front Camera5MP (f/2.0)
Ports
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
AudioSingle speaker
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 5G Sub-6GHz
SoftwareAndroid 11
Other FeaturesNFC support

The Galaxy A03s is also coming to the United States, following its release in other regions earlier this year, with a low price tag of $159. Samsung didn’t share the exact specifications for the US model, probably because the hardware isn’t worth bragging about. The phone in other regions has a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset (which is now four years old!), a 6.5-inch 720p screen, Android 11, and a 5,000mAh battery. The Galaxy A03s will be available from AT&T, T-Mobile, Samsung’s online store, and Verizon starting in January.

Samsung’s main competition, at least in terms of hardware value, will likely be the OnePlus Nord series. The Nord N200 5G is priced $20 less than the Galaxy A13, but also has a 90Hz screen, three rear cameras, a 5,000mAh battery. The N200 uses a Snapdragon 480 chipset instead of the Galaxy A13’s MediaTek chip.

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Corbin Davenport
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Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's also the host of the Tech Tales podcast, which explores the history of the technology industry. Follow him on Twitter at @corbindavenport.