The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G was made with a degree of care and attention to detail that is uncommon in mid-range phones, with the possible exception of the Nothing Phone. The Samsung Galaxy A34 seeks to mimic the design language of the company’s top S23 series range, whilst the Nothing Phone focuses more on having a distinctive appearance. And to a large extent, it is successful.
Elegant and modest, the phone’s rear panel is nearly identical to that of the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+. The three rear cameras now have silver metallic rings encircling them instead of the camera island, elevating the Galaxy A34’s aesthetic considerably. The rear panel does become dirty by oily palms, however the plastic back is easily fingerprint resistant. The sides are composed of plastic yet have a metallic gloss to them. Despite its plastic build, the Galaxy A34 never gives off a cheap impression; in fact, the reverse is true when held in the hand.
At 199 g and 8.2 mm thick, the Galaxy A34 is not the thinnest smartphone available for this price, but its weight is well distributed across its body, making it easy to carry. The power and volume buttons are located on the right side; they are well-built and extremely tactile. The SIM tray is located on top, and the USB C charging port and speaker are located on the bottom. Additionally, the phone has an IP67 rating, meaning it is resistant to dust and water (1 m deep for up to 30 minutes).
Review of the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G: Display
The Samsung Galaxy A34’s display is housed in an unattractive manner due to the U-shaped notch and the wide chin bezel, but the quality is excellent. You receive a 120 Hz refresh rate, 6.6-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display, and Gorilla Glass 5 security. However, there is no HDR support on the display, which is disappointing given that the Redmi Note 12 Pro+, POCO X5 Pro, iQOO Neo 7, Pixel 6a, and Nothing Phone (1) all have HDR support.
In true Samsung style, the display is really stunning with bright, brilliant colours and deep blacks. The display boasts outstanding viewing angles and clarity. The U-shaped notch does, however, affect overall immersion. Apart from that, the Samsung Galaxy A34’s display is the brightest we’ve tested in the mid-range category. At this price, the brightness is simply unmatched.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G’s performance
The Galaxy A34 5G is undoubtedly not sporting the most powerful hardware at this pricing range thanks to its MediaTek Dimensity 1080 6 nm SoC. At a comparable price, we have phones with the Dimensity 8200 and Snapdragon 778G SoCs. Therefore, you can see the performance disparity in general benchmarks. The phone has 128 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot for additional memory.
In our benchmarking tests, we compare the Samsung Galaxy A34 to the Nothing Phone (1), iQOO Neo 7, Pixel 6a, POCO X5 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro+ because their prices are all somewhat comparable, with the exception of the POCO X5 Pro, which is $5,000 less expensive. The Redmi Note 12 Pro+, which has the exact same chipset as the Galaxy A34, was the only other phone to outperform the A34’s score in AnTuTu. The Galaxy A34 performed best in the Geek Bench 6 Single Core test, however it fell short of all other results in the Multi Core test, with the exception of the Redmi Note 12 Pro+.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G’s camera
The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G has a camera configuration that is almost identical to that of its predecessor, with the exception of the 2 MP depth camera, which was of limited use anyhow. A 48 MP primary lens, an 8 MP ultrawide camera, and a 5 MP macro camera are all included into the phone. You have a 13 MP selfie shooter at your disposal. In daytime, the main camera can take detailed pictures with good colour and dynamic range. The majority of your photographs have a tonne of clarity, and the primary camera is surprisingly good at taking detailed pictures even in challenging situations. These camera samples have been compressed for the web and are provided here:
Images taken with the main lens in low light are noticeably better than those taken without Night Mode turned on. The images are sufficiently detailed, have tolerable amounts of noise, and have vibrant colours even in dim circumstances. The photograph that follows was taken in complete darkness.
In most circumstances, selfies taken with the 13 MP camera look good, but they can be noisy in dim light. If you disable Beauty Mode, portrait selfies feature excellent edge recognition and the hues of human skin tones appear fairly natural. At this price, the quality of the video is poor. You only receive 1080p at 30 frames per second, whereas some rivals even offer 4K. Without Ultra Steady mode, there is quite a bit of jitter in the video clip, which is otherwise good in daylight.