Samsung Galaxy A34 5G has been introduced as the company’s new mid-range product. It comes with some good value hardware, including as a triple-camera configuration, a 120Hz AMOLED display, and a design that is similar to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S23 (Review) series. The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G competes with the Nothing Phone (1) (Review) and the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G (Review), to mention a few. Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G with everything on offer, or should you look at alternatives? Here is our comprehensive evaluation to help you decide.
Price of the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G is available in two storage configurations in India. The model we have has 128GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 30,999. A 256GB storage option is also available for Rs. 32,999. Both variants come bundled with 8GB of RAM.
Design and display of the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G is available in a variety of colors. The Awesome Lime color combines green and yellow hues with a frosted texture on the back. The brilliant color conceals fingerprints and smudges. The rear panel and frame are also constructed of plastic, which contributes to the 199g weight. While the back panel is flat, the curving corners of the frame provide a comfortable in-hand feel.
With a certified IP67 rating, the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G is possibly the most cheap smartphone in the company’s current portfolio. This indicates that the phone should survive a 30-minute submersion in 1 metre of water, which provides some comfort if you were to use the phone outside on a rainy day.
The rear panel’s array of three circular slots for the camera arrangement resembles the latest Samsung Galaxy S23 5G. The waterdrop notch at the top of the display, on the other hand, gives the phone an antiquated appearance. The screen is flat, with relatively thin bezels around it.
The brilliant 6.6-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with vibrant colors compensates for the notch. The viewing angles are quite decent, and I had no problems while watching video outside. Unfortunately, no HDR10+ certification is available, but you do receive Widevine L1 DRM for streaming full-HD and higher video content in apps like Netflix.
The display on the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G likewise has a refresh rate of 120Hz. There is no smart-switch option, and you must always select the refresh rate to 60Hz or 120Hz. There’s also an in-display fingerprint scanner that works rather quickly.
Software and specifications for the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
The MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC found in the Realme 10 Pro+ 5G (Review) and Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G powers the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G. The SoC is combined with 8GB of RAM and UFS 2.2 storage of up to 256GB. There is also support for up to 8GB of virtual RAM, dubbed RAM Plus by Samsung. The smartphone has a 5,000mAh battery and supports 25W wired fast charging. However, there is no charger included in the box.
In terms of software, the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G runs One UI 5.1 on Android 13.0. One user interface is well-known for its smoothness and abundance of functionality. One UI 5.1 supports Android’s Material You design, which allows you to match the system icon and UI colors to the wallpaper. It also allows users to change the text size and style.
Apps loaded rapidly, and RAM management was excellent. Hopefully, future software upgrades will address the choppiness while switching between apps. Samsung has promised four major Android updates and five years of security support, which is presently the best in the market.
The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G comes preloaded with a slew of Samsung native apps as well as Amazon. You have the option of uninstalling the undesired apps. Glance is also preinstalled on the phone by default, but this ad-heavy lock screen may be removed if desired.
Battery life and performance of the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G has a powerful SoC that can easily handle ordinary chores. Call of Duty: Mobile performed admirably at ‘Max’ frame rate and ‘Low’ graphical quality. There were instances when I detected frame drops at hotspots, so it’s not ideal for heavy gaming but doesn’t stutter when playing less-demanding games. Asphalt 9: Legends, for example, did not exhibit any latency or stuttering.
In terms of benchmarks, the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G received 4,72,767 points from AnTuTu. When we reviewed the Nothing Phone (1) with a Snapdragon 778G+ SoC, it received 6,05,375 points. The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ received 4,38,678 points, while the Realme 10 Pro+ received 5,04,626 points.