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Samsung Galaxy A34 5G specs: Everything you need to know
Samsung releases many Galaxy A series smartphones in a year, but only a select few reach the United States. For instance, the Galaxy A32 5G made its way to the US, but the Galaxy A33 5G did not. This year, Samsung has launched the Galaxy A34 5G in several regions like the UK and India, but the US has been skipped once again. If you’re curious about what this device actually holds, here are all the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G!
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G specs
|Samsung Galaxy A34|
6.6-inch Infinity-U Super AMOLED
FHD+ (2,340 x 1,080)
19.5:9 aspect ratio
120Hz dynamic refresh rate
1000 nits peak brightness
Gorilla Glass 5
MediaTek Dimensity 1080
Arm Mali-G68 MC4
128GB/256GB UFS 3.1
MicroSD card support up to 1TB
Battery and charging
25W wired charging
No wireless charging
No charger in the box
- 48MP main
ƒ/1.8 aperture, 1/2.0-inch, 0.8μm, OIS
- 8MP ultrawide
ƒ/2.2 aperture, 123-degree FoV, 1.12μm
- 5MP macro
ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1/3.1-inch, 1.12μm
4K at 30FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS
4K at 30FPS
1080p at 30FPS
No 3.5mm port
5 years of security updates
NFC support (regional)
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS
One UI 5.1 based on Android 13
Gorilla Glass 5 on the front
Polycarbonate mid-frame and back
Dimensions and weight
161.3 x 78.1 x 8.2mm
The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G focuses on improving three key talking points from its predecessor: the design, the display, and the processor. The rest of the phone is surprisingly untouched, which isn’t a bad thing either, as the Galaxy A33 had managed to make a good name for itself thanks to its practicality.
Starting with the design, the Galaxy A34 5G changes the looks of the Galaxy A33. It streamlines Samsung’s budget design philosophy to be in line with the wider S-series looks. So instead of the plateaued camera island, we now get a flat rear with individual camera lenses popping up. The corners also have a more gradual curve now. We wouldn’t even blame you if you confused this new Galaxy A34 5G’s rear with that of the Galaxy S23.
The Galaxy A34 5G also increases all of its dimensions, so it is taller, wider, slightly thicker, and heavier than the outgoing Galaxy A33. This allowed Samsung to increase the display diagonal to 6.6-inches. The display is still an FHD+ Super AMOLED panel, but it now refreshes at 120Hz instead of 90Hz.
There’s a waterdrop notch to house the front camera, which Samsung calls the Infinity U display. Most people don’t particularly pay attention to the notch either way.
For the processor, Samsung is now using the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC instead of the Exynos 1280 on the Galaxy A33. Despite the change, you aren’t really going to be seeing any real changes since both the processors are fairly similar to each other.
The Dimensity 1080 is built on a 6nm process and has 2x Cortex-A78 performance cores clocked at 2.6GHz and 6x Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2GHz. In comparison, the Exynos 1280 is built on a 5nm process and has the exact same core setup, with just the performance cores clocked a little lower at 2.4GHz. Going from a 5nm manufacturing process to a 6nm process means you lose out on efficiency by a small margin. But beyond that, you’d be pressed to find more differences. Both SoCs have the same Arm Mali-G68 GPU, though we do not have information on the clock speeds.
Other smaller changes on the Galaxy A34 5G are the omission of the 2MP depth sensor (to which we say good riddance) and the switch up to Bluetooth 5.3. The phone retains its IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. You also get Samsung’s excellent software update promise of four platform updates and five years of security updates, which makes this a beast for its price.
The Galaxy A34 5G is available in the UK starting at £349 (~$425) for the 128GB version and £399 (~$485) for the 256GB model.
The Galaxy A34 5G was launched alongside the Galaxy A54, which shares several specifications but is a bit more expensive. You can check out the differences between the two phones in this Galaxy A54 vs Galaxy A34 5G comparison.
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G specs vs. the competition: How does it compare?
The Galaxy A34 5G is not on sale in the US, so we are comparing it to options available in the UK in the £300-£400 price range. For its price, we do think the Galaxy A34 5G pulls its weight, especially when you consider the ease of use, after-sales service, longevity, and brand value. Nonetheless, here is how the Galaxy A34 5G stacks up against some of its primary competition smartphones.
OnePlus Nord 2T
The OnePlus Nord 2T is well positioned to compete against the Galaxy A34 5G, even though the Nord 2T was launched in May 2022. With a £349 price tag these days, it sits squarely against the Galaxy A34 5G.
The Nord 2T does not have a 120Hz refresh rate display. But its 90Hz display has HDR10+ support, which is a big plus for multimedia consumption. The device is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, which is more powerful than the Dimensity 1080 and has a better GPU too. You also get more RAM on the OnePlus phone, but you do lose out on microSD expansion.
The OnePlus Nord 2T has a smaller battery at 4,500mAh, but it charges significantly quicker with 80W fast charging. The 50MP primary rear camera on the OnePlus Nord 2T is better than the 48MP primary rear camera on the Galaxy A34 5G. However, the secondary cameras are not that great on the Nord, so you can stick with the Galaxy A34 5G if you want more versatility. The selfie camera is a 32MP shooter on the Nord 2T, which we appreciate.
One big positive for the Galaxy A34 5G against the Nord 2T is Samsung’s update promise. OnePlus only promises two years of Android platform updates and three years of security, of which a year has already passed. You’ll definitely be getting more longevity out of your Samsung phone vs the Nord 2T.
Nothing Phone 1
The Nothing Phone 1 is Nothing’s first smartphone. But surprisingly, the phone has aged gracefully, better than most critics expected. After some price cuts and a fair few software updates, the Nothing Phone 1 has managed to find a spot in several recommendation lists, like our own list of best mid-range phones in the UK. The phone is slightly more expensive at £399, but you do get plenty of eyeballs for the premium paid.
The design of the Nothing Phone 1 is its most polarizing quality. You either love it, or you hate it. What you will most certainly love is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus SoC, which is pretty great for gaming and a certain step up from the Dimensity 1080 on the Galaxy A34 5G. The displays on both phones are similar, but you get HDR10+ support on the Nothing Phone 1.
The camera on the Nothing Phone 1 is better than the Galaxy A34 5G. While you get only two rear cameras, both are 50MP sensors and do a great job after recent software updates. Another point in favor of Nothing is the charging capabilities of the Phone 1: the 33W wired charging is faster than the Galaxy A34 5G, and as a bonus, you also get 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging capabilities.
Despite all of Nothing’s efforts, Samsung is still the king of software updates. So if you value longevity, the Galaxy A34 5G is still the way to go.
The POCO F4, with its £349 price tag, competes well against the Galaxy A34 5G in the UK. For that price, you get an HDR10+ display that the Galaxy A34 5G lacks. And you also get the Snapdragon 870 SoC, which we would consider a great chip for gaming in the mid-range despite its relative age.
The camera specifications on the POCO F4 are also better than that on the Galaxy A34 5G, although we can’t really justify that 2MP macro camera. 67W charging is great, although the POCO F4 comes with the tradeoff of a smaller 4,500mAh battery.
No, the Galaxy A34 5G does not have wireless charging.
The Galaxy A34 5G is water resistant, with an IP67 rating for 30 minutes of freshwater immersion up to 1-meter depth. However, the phone is not completely waterproof.
No, the Galaxy A34 5G does not have a headphone jack.
Yes, the Galaxy A34 5G supports eSIM.
The Galaxy A34 5G does come with dual nano SIM support in some regions. You can also use a nano-SIM and an eSIM for dual SIM usage on the phone.