Philco HIT P13 review: A basic mobile phone, but packed with accessories

Philco HIT P13 review: A basic mobile phone, but packed with accessories

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Philco HIT P13 in front

In the times when it is becoming increasingly rare to find a smartphone with a charger in the box, the Philco Hit P13 stands out. In addition to the accessory, the smartphone also comes with a protective film and cover and Bluetooth headphones. It’s a complete experience for one price, ensuring ease.

With a nice design and fair performance for this class, the Philco Hit P13 fails in pictures, which could be better. The large battery ensures all-day use for those looking for a basic smartphone. Next, check out my impressions of the Philco cell phone. But first, take a look at its specifications:

  • Processor: Unisoc T610

  • Screen: 6.55 inches with HD + resolution

  • RAM: 4 GB

  • Internal Storage: 128GB, expandable up to 512GB

  • Operating System: Android 11

  • Battery: 5000 mAh

  • Back Camera: 16 MP Main + 5 MP + 2 MP Macro + 2 MP Depth Sensor

  • Front camera: 16 MP

Nice design

The Philco Hit P13 is a smartphone that makes a good first impression. In addition to being bundled with many accessories, another reason for such a good first impression is the fact that the mobile is beautiful.

Philco HIT P13 comes with BlueTooth headphones
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Philco HIT P13 comes with BlueTooth headphones

In bluish black, the Philco Hit P13 has a glossy finish and matte sides. The quad-camera array is located in the upper left corner of the device, without taking up much space or making you feel too comfortable. The fingerprint sensor is located in the middle of the top of the back of the phone, comfortably where your index finger reaches.

In terms of design, the only element I didn’t like was the hole in the screen that houses the front camera: when the screen is on, the black circle is pretty big, and it attracts a lot of attention.

The Philco HIT P13 front bumper features a glamorous notch
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The Philco HIT P13 front bumper features a glamorous notch

When turning on the smartphone, the user finds a simple interface, without many modifications compared to Android 11, the system with which the smartphone is equipped, the icons are square and the interface is clean. Positive point: The Philco Hit P13 comes with a few pre-installed apps, which rely only on Google services.

Cameras are disappointing

My biggest disappointment with the Philco Hit P13 was the cameras. The smartphone can make basic photos and has some effects that work well, but it’s not the ideal model if you’re looking for a mobile phone that makes great photos.

The 16MP main lens takes good photos, but nothing out of the ordinary. The colors don’t appear too bright, but they don’t suffer from any distortion either.

The macro camera surprised me positively. For a basic smartphone, the result was good: the picture is not 100% sharp, but it manages to capture the details.

Philco HIT P13: Photo taken with a macro camera on the left and a photo taken with a normal camera on the right
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Philco HIT P13: Photo taken with a macro camera on the left and a photo taken with a normal camera on the right

Another positive point is the night mode, which manages to lighten the environment well, without causing distortions. The photo effect and front camera do the job too, but without the stunning photos.

Philco HIT P13: on the left, the image with the default configuration;  Right, with the effect of the night
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Philco HIT P13: on the left, the image with the default configuration; Right, with the effect of the night

The big disappointment was the wide camera, which promises to take pictures at a wider angle. I tested the feature in several ways, but parts of the image were distorted on every occasion. The main lens zoom is also a downside, as it degrades the quality of photos.

Class fair performance

The Philco Hit P13 performs well for the class. The smartphone is basic and doesn’t have a very powerful processor, so don’t expect much from this phone.

For everyday activities like watching videos and browsing social media, the Philco Hit P13 was able to perform all tasks well, with few malfunctions.

I tested Asphalt 9, which is known for being “heavy,” and was pleasantly surprised. A basic cell phone is not required to run a game like this, but the Philco Hit P13 allowed the game to run without problems. Screen and audio response were also good. Of course the experience has some expected flaws for the category, but the game performance shows that the smartphone performs well.

The 5000mAh battery allows the Philco Hit P13 to stay out of the port all day for lighter smartphone use. Aside from the cell phone, the accompanying Bluetooth headphones are simple but good. The model is very light, comfortable and performs its functions well.

Final verdict

Philco HIT P13 comes with headphones attached
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Philco HIT P13 comes with headphones attached

Deciding whether a smartphone is worth buying is always different depending on the taste of each user. If you are not a big fan of photography and what you are looking for is a basic smartphone that can handle everyday life without crashing too much or running out of battery quickly, then the Philco Hit P13 is a good choice.

The problem is the price. As far as it can be found for just over R$1,000, the official price of the smartphone is R$2,000 – an average price for a more basic model. For the higher price, it is possible to find smartphones with better configurations, such as some from the Galaxy A line, from Samsung, or from the Redmi Note family, from Xiaomi.

That’s why the BlueTooth headset that comes in the box with the Philco Hit P13 should enter the account when deciding whether to purchase a smartphone. If you do not attach much importance to the accessory, there are better cell phones for R$2000. But if you’re interested in wireless headphones, it’s important to research other models to see how much you’ll spend if you buy a smartphone that doesn’t come with the included accessories.

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