The A series from Samsung has seen several denominations over the years. The series entitles Samsung’s premium mid-range smartphones. Samsung recently launched the A34 5G globally on 24th March 2023. Traditionally, the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G is supposed to be a lower spec than the A54. But this year, things are different. Here’s why.
Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
Design and Build Quality
For a few years now, Samsung has started to incorporate the flagship S series design into their A-series lineup. While it is not feasible to bring every element to the A series, the overall dimension , and back design surely represent the premium line.
This year too, the A34 is reminiscent of the current S23 flagship, at least on the back design. The same vertical camera design is found on the A34 with a frosted finish. Anyone would be hard-pressed to tell the difference from afar.
The difference becomes obvious on the front. Unlike the S23, there is a significant amount of bezel all around. Yet Samsung has worked to streamline the overall bezel to give the front a more unified look and it works to some extent.
The build of the device is all around plastic with a glass front and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Weighing 199 g, its design (6.35 by 3.07 by 0.32 inches) is quite manageable with one hand. The device has an IP67 dust and water resistance meaning it can withstand 1 meter water for 30 mins max.
Moving on to ports and buttons, users will have everything standard from Type C ports to volume rockers and power buttons in their usual places. Unfortunately, the headphone jack is not present on the A34 as well.
Overall, the design and build quality of the A34 are satisfactory as it follows its predecessors and the current flagship.
The 6.6-inch display on the Samsung Galaxy A34 is a Super AMOLED FHD+ one with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The 120 Hz refresh rate is an upgrade from the 90 Hz on the last-gen A33. The panel also features a 1000 nits HBM which makes it perfect for outdoor legibility.
The resolutions of Galaxy A34 are 1080 by 2340 pixels, with 19.5:9 ratio and around 390 ppi density. Speaking of display performance, it's every bit what’s expected from Samsung. It’s safe to say this is the best display in its budget. The colors looked bright and crisp with a slightly warm tone. The viewing angles are also excellent with no weird color shift or blue tint.
The high refresh rate makes interacting with the panel a buttery smooth experience. To sum it up, the display on the A34 is best as it gets in a mid-range device and is a strong selling point for the device.
The camera on the A34 is a triple sensor setup vertically aligned on the back. The main sensor is a 48 MP wide-angle shooter. The complementing sensors are an 8 MP ultrawide and a 5 MP macro shooter.
It might seem like a downgrade from the A33 as it loses the depth sensor. But in practicality, the enhanced main sensor more than makes for the lacking.
In the test, the camera produced decent results. Images taken in bright light appeared to be highly detailed and the subject separation from the background also seemed to be much better than on the A33. There have been improvements in night photography as well thanks to the more optimized variable shutter on the stock camera app. Pictures looked well exposed with minimal noise and grains. The latter only appears in extremely dark conditions.