In March 2023, Samsung presented new devices to expand its lines of smartphones for this year. Among the launches is the Galaxy A34, with a design inspired by other models from the manufacturer, a technical sheet with interesting configurations, and some improvements over its predecessor.
But is it worth the investment, or is it just another mid-range smartphone without big news? Let’s analyze the main features based on the datasheet to find out if the newly launched Galaxy A34 is any good.
Design And Connectivity
One of the novelties of the Galaxy A34’s design is its similarity with the top-of-the-line devices launched in 2023. The back has lost the frame around the cameras, just as it appears on the Galaxy S23, and is finished in plastic, and the sides, including this side part, use recycled plastic, according to Samsung.
The Galaxy A34 has a smooth, glossy color, replacing the matte finish seen on the Galaxy A33. Available colors are graphite, violet, lime green, and silver. This last one has a slightly different color; depending on the angle, the light reflects several colors, like a prism. At the rear are the cameras aligned in the left corner and the Samsung logo. On the front, the screen occupies the space and has apparent edges. The chip drawer and a microphone are at the top of the device. At the bottom, we have the USB-C input, speaker, and microphone.
The right side is reserved for the volume and power buttons, while nothing is on the left. Now talking about the connections, the Galaxy A34 has Bluetooth 5.3, dual-band Wi-Fi that supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks, and NFC to make contactless payments. The Galaxy A34 supports 5G networks, but it is a recurring technology in the latest smartphones that cannot be considered a differentiator.
Screen And Audio
The screen of the Galaxy A34 is slightly larger compared to the predecessor Galaxy A33. The launch features a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display, Full HD+ resolution, and 1,000 its peak brightness, ensuring good viewing even in sunny environments. The refresh rate also increased; the previous generation had 90Hz, and the Galaxy A34 had 120Hz.
Overall, it’s a quality screen with a good size for consuming content. The technology also provides a greater immersion with vivid colors, contrast levels, balanced brightness, and intense blacks. The fingerprint sensor is hidden under the display, which is already common in Samsung devices. The negative point of the screen is the apparent edges, especially the bottom one, and the notch of the front camera in the shape of a drop, which gives an appearance of an entry-level cell phone for the launch.
The audio doesn’t have any big news, but the Galaxy A34 is good and within the average range in this aspect. The device has stereo audio and support for Dolby Atmos, a feature that enhances sounds for greater immersion.
Performance And Battery
The performance of the Galaxy A34 is due to Mediates Density 1080 chip set. The smartphone has two versions, one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal memory. The model already leaves the factory with Android 13 installed, and Samsung has ensured that users can count on four operating system updates.
As an intermediate device, the performance handles the main day-to-day tasks such as internet browsing, use of social networks, consumption of streams, and others without frequent choking and crashes. But it’s always good to remember that it’s normal for devices to start showing some chokes with time of use. Regarding games, the user will be able to run most of them at high resolution, but heavier games may have more difficulty if they have above-average graphics quality.
Regarding the battery, the Galaxy A34 is good and is within the current standard of 5,000mAh, which can last a whole day away from the socket in moderate use.
The photographic set is the same as in the Galaxy A33, except for the 2MP depth sensor removed in the Galaxy A34. The camera set consists of a 48 MP main lens, an 8 MP ultra wide lens with a 123º angle of view, and a 5 MP macro sensor. The front has 13 MP.
It’s a good camera module, but without big news and within the expected range for the category. The user can make records, mainly during the day and in good light conditions. All cameras have a night mode to improve quality at night but don’t expect anything too spectacular. Overall, the vast majority should be satisfied with the result of the photos.
Some features of Samsung’s camera app are time-lapse, slow motion, and professional mode. For videos, the main lens can shoot at full resolution in 4K at 30fps, the ultra wide in Full HD at 30fps, and the front lens shoots in 4K at 30fps.