Moto E13 Review: Filling the Void

Smartphones preserve getting dearer yearly and there is not any stopping it. With the growing value of elements, coupled with most massive manufacturers focusing extra on premium smartphones, there’s a void within the entry-level section in India. Motorola, which had a busy 2022 launching a number of G-series and E-series telephones in India, is attempting to fill that void with the launch of the Moto E13.

The Moto E13 is the corporate’s most reasonably priced telephone to this point in India. It goals at getting the fundamentals proper whereas nonetheless providing a budget-friendly worth. Ought to the Moto E13 be thought-about in case your price range is beneath Rs. 10,000? Right here is our evaluation that can assist you determine.

Moto E13 worth in India

The Moto E13 has been launched in India with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is priced at Rs. 6,999. There’s additionally a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage possibility, which is priced at Rs. 7,999. Motorola despatched us the latter variant for this evaluation. 

Moto E13 design and show

The Moto E13 follows the flat-frame design development that the majority smartphones are likely to sport lately. The body, just like the curved rear panel, is manufactured from plastic. Motorola has tried giving the telephone a premium look with a gradient frosted end, which is one thing I actually preferred. I’ve the Aurora Inexperienced color however if you need a extra traditional look, there’s Cosmic Black and Creamy White color choices as effectively.

The telephone can also be fairly gentle within the hand at beneath 180g. It’s not the slimmest telephone on the market however at 8.47mm, I might not complain. This thickness additionally means there’s room for a 3.5mm headphone jack on the prime edge and an enormous battery.

On the entrance, the Moto E13 sports activities a 6.5-inch IPS LCD show with a HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels) decision and a 60Hz refresh price, which is pretty customary for smartphones on this worth vary. The display screen brightness shouldn’t be an issue when utilizing the telephone indoors, nonetheless it must be maxed out when utilizing it outdoor and beneath daylight. Fortunately, the ambient gentle sensor does a reasonably good job of mechanically adjusting the brightness as wanted.

The colors reproduced by the Moto E13’s show are clearly not as wealthy or vivid as you’d expertise on AMOLED panels, nevertheless it’s serviceable. The machine additionally has a WideVine L3 certification for SD video playback from streaming apps resembling Netflix. There’s a single bottom-firing speaker, which is pretty loud. Contemplating that the telephone is focused at consumers who’re both first-time smartphone customers or former function telephone customers, the E13 must be ok for primary multimedia consumption.

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The Moto E13’s chin bezel is sort of thick

The Moto E13 has an IP52 ranking for primary splash resistance towards water and dirt. There isn’t any fingerprint scanner, which is one thing that may be present in options just like the Redmi A1+.

Moto E13 specs and software program

The Moto E13 attracts energy from a UniSoc T606 chipset. The 12nm SoC is paired with as much as 4GB of RAM, however lacks help for 5G networks. There’s a 5,000mAh battery with help for 10W charging through a USB Sort-C port. The telephone gives connectivity options resembling Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a dual-SIM tray. There’s a slot for a microSD card, which may develop the interior storage as much as 1TB.

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There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the prime of the Moto E13

By way of software program, the Moto E13 runs on Android 13 (Go Version) out of the field. There’s the MyUx pores and skin on prime of Android. Motorola is thought to supply a clear software program expertise with MyUx, which provides sufficient customisation and personalisation choices. There’s help for a few Moto gestures for flash and screenshots.

The telephone doesn’t provide the complete suite of choices that you just get in different Motorola handsets that run the usual model of Android however the necessary privacy-centric options offered by Google in Android 13 can be found. You get visible indicators for digital camera and microphone indicator on the prime proper are of the show, each time an app makes use of them. You are additionally alerted when an app is utilizing the situation within the background.

The Moto E13 does include just a few third-party apps preinstalled resembling ShareChat and Moj, which is one thing not generally seen in different Motorola telephones. You’ll be able to uninstall these apps if you want.

Moto E13 efficiency and battery life

In the case of dealing with day-to-day duties, the Moto E13 does an excellent job. The 4GB model that we examined had no bother switching between apps or loading them rapidly. The telephone might deal with routine duties too fairly effectively. There have been just a few cases when apps would take a second or two further to load, and  I did discover some stutter throughout the UI, particularly when going again to the house display screen. My guess is that the 2GB RAM variant would in all probability not provide the smoothest expertise, so if you’re pondering of getting this telephone, you must ideally take into account the 4GB variant. 

Whereas the Moto E13 will not be focused at players, I did strive Name of Responsibility: Cell and Subway Surfers on the telephone. Whereas the latter sport was fairly straightforward and clean to play, Name of Responsibility: Cell struggled to run effectively, as anticipated. To be truthful, the telephone will not be designed to run this form of sport in any respect.

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The Moto E13 runs Android 13 (Go Version) out of the field

I carried out just a few benchmark exams as effectively. The Moto E13 scored 1,82,498 factors on AnTuTu, and in Geekbench 6, the machine scored 376 and 1,354 factors within the single-core and multi-core exams. 

Battery life can also be fairly first rate on the Moto E13. The telephone can final a day simply on a full cost. In our HD video battery loop check, the telephone lasted for 15 hours and 54 minutes. The E13 takes about a few hours to cost absolutely from empty utilizing the 10W charger. 

Moto E13 cameras

The Moto E13 has a 13-megapixel single rear digital camera sensor with an LED flash on the again. For selfies, the waterdrop notch within the show has a 5-megapixel entrance digital camera. The rear digital camera is a hit and miss in terms of getting a good picture. At occasions, it overexposed the highlights or crushed the shadows whereas attempting to reveal the topic effectively. When it does get the colors proper, the highlights are form of blown out.

Evening mode is out there solely within the 4GB RAM variant of the Moto E13 and it does a good job in terms of general publicity. Nonetheless, the small print are comfortable and there may be noticeable noise within the shadows.

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The Moto E13 has a single rear digital camera

It is the identical case with the entrance digital camera, which has even worse dynamic vary. Edge detection works effectively most often and the blur seems pretty pure too. However then once more, contemplating the worth, the telephone’s digital camera efficiency is suitable.

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Shot on the Moto E13’s entrance digital camera

By way of video, the Moto E13 can shoot 1080p 30fps movies utilizing the entrance and rear cameras. The general video efficiency is simply common. The digital camera exposes the topic effectively however the dynamic vary efficiency is poor.


The Moto E13 goals at getting the fundamentals proper. It has a fairly large show, an ergonomic design, and an enormous battery. The inclusion of dual-band Wi-Fi and a USB Sort-C port at this worth are a plus. The telephone’s efficiency unit can also be fairly good for the worth, particularly when different units with the identical SoC are priced larger by at the least Rs. 1,000. To prime all of it off, you additionally get the most recent Android 13 software program, even when it’s the trimmed down model. Digital camera efficiency might have been higher although.

For somebody who desires a price range smartphone beneath Rs. 8,000 that does all the essential duties and gives a clear, near-stock Android expertise, the Moto E13 may be thought-about. 

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