Reviewing Samsung’s smartphone lineup for 2023 has been fascinating. The corporation is actively working to stylistically converge all of its smartphone series, whether entry-level or high-end models. The recently released Samsung Galaxy M34 5G is a good illustration.
The rear panel, at least, has a design language strikingly similar to the S series’ flagship models. Impressive is the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G. It has a ridiculously enormous 6,000 mAh battery, the tried-and-true Exynos 1280 SoC, and its primary camera delivers some outstanding pictures in daylight. However, the intrusive question of whether the phone is worth your hard-earned money and how well it function continues.
Build And Design Slippery But Very Attractive
The vertically positioned circular camera modules that distinguish the Samsung Galaxy M34 from most other smartphones on the market give it a distinctive, familiar style that fits nicely into the Samsung phone lineup for 2023.
The Samsung Galaxy M34’s rear panel is constructed of polycarbonate, which has a glass-like appearance but is an absolute magnet for fingerprints and smudges. Keeping the rear panel clean enough to take quality product pictures took a lot of work.
After washing the tablet, the fingerprints appear seconds later, which is annoying. Like other Samsung products we’ve evaluated this year, the camera modules have a sophisticated appearance. A lovely and unobtrusive Samsung logo is also present on the bottom.
The phone’s sides are also constructed of plastic. The lone Dolby Atmos-capable speaker and the USB C connector are on the bottom. Although the speaker is loud, stereo speakers provide a better listening experience.
The capacitive fingerprint sensor built into the power button worked quickly and accurately. The SIM tray is on the left side and may accommodate two nano SIMs or one nano SIM and an SD card. In part after this one, we’ll discuss the device’s front.
By 2023 standards, the phone weighs 208 g, quite a little. Its thickness is 8.8 mm. The weight has been distributed well by Samsung, though, and the phone is very comfortable. However, we suggest purchasing one because Samsung doesn’t provide a protective case in the packing, which is pretty slippery.
Display Aesthetic Appeal of the Past
When you look at the screen of the Samsung Galaxy M34, its aesthetic appeal significantly declines. It looks like a phone from the past, or at least one that is 5–10K less expensive than it is, thanks to the antiquated waterdrop notch and wide chin bezel.
Unfortunately, this case protects a stunning 6.5-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display that supports a 120 Hz refresh rate. However, Widevine L1 support is available to view HD video on streaming services, which makes up for the absence of HDR compatibility, which is frustrating. Gorilla Glass 5 covers the display to prevent scuffs and unintentional drops.
The M34’s screen is impressive because of its vivid colors and wide viewing angles. The screen is also extremely bright, with a peak brightness rating of 1000 nits. In our tests, the phone’s maximum brightness under direct sunlight with Auto Brightness turned on was 802 nits.
Screen legibility in sunlight is therefore unaffected. The screen on this gadget can produce breathtaking and immersive graphics, and content consumption is good. But the enormous teardrop notch detracts from the immersion.
Great Performance of Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
The Samsung Galaxy M34 5G, which houses the Exynos 1280 SoC, is a quick performer. Six Cortex-A55 cores running at 2 GHz and two Cortex-A78 cores running at 2.4 GHz make up this 5 nm chipset. This chipset offers an excellent balance of power and efficiency. My review device has 128 GB of onboard UFS 2.2 storage with the ability to extend it through a microSD card and 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM (+ 6 GB Virtual RAM).
The phone performs daily operations without any latency in the real world. Scrolling between screens feels even more seamless and fluid because of the 120 Hz refresh rate. On the Galaxy M34, gaming with medium graphics and a high frame rate is stutter-free. We played COD: Mobile for more than 30 minutes without experiencing any significant frame drops.
The phone did, however, start to get warm. The phone performed admirably in the CPU slowing Test, only slowing to 85% of its peak performance, demonstrating its ability to handle intensive workloads without experiencing excessive throttling.
Moving on to the operating system, the Samsung Galaxy M34 ships with Android 13 with Samsung’s OneUI 5.1 interface. OneUI has many functionality and customization options, and the overall design is respectable, but it is loaded with preinstalled Samsung or third-party apps that are bloatware. On the lock screen, there is also the annoying Glance feature.
It can be turned off, but the option is tucked away in Settings under Wallpaper Services. The updates cycle, which the business even beats Google, is the best feature of the most recent Samsung phones—incredibly, the phone guarantees four years of OS updates and five years of security patches.
The camera of the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G Review
A 50 MP primary camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) capability, an 8 MP ultrawide camera, and a 2 MP macro camera make up the triple rear camera stack of the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G. The primary camera often captures detailed images with rich colors and a respectable dynamic range in bright indoor or outdoor light. However, the camera frequently prioritizes highlights at the expense of shadow detail. We also witnessed a few cases where the highlights were exaggerated. A few image samples are provided below; remember that they have been compressed for the web.
Like the primary lens’ color science, the 8 MP ultrawide camera produces good images. However, the edges need some detail. Although there are still times when shadows are squashed, dynamic range is still good. A meager 2 MP macro lens can take good pictures; there is little detail, but the output is at least usable.
If you disable Beauty Mode, the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G’s 13 MP lens takes natural selfies with good color and detail preservation. Selfies taken in portrait mode have the same appearance, although the edge recognition may be better.
With the Galaxy M34, Samsung also made the Nightography feature, often only available on Samsung’s higher-end models, available to consumers on a tighter budget.
Battery Life of Samsung Galaxy M34 5G Review
The Samsung Galaxy M34 5G has a massive 6,000 mAh battery, which means that most users can go two days without needing to plug their phone in. Since the retail package is light on a charging adaptor, you must buy one before reaching for the charger. The phone only supports wired charging at 25 W; wireless or reverse wired charging is not supported.
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G Conclusion
The Samsung Galaxy M34 does a lot of the fundamentals of smartphones well. You get quick performance, excellent battery life, and a good primary camera that satisfies all your fundamental requirements.
The Samsung Galaxy M34 gives excellent value for your money and holds its own against the competition for around 20,000. If battery life is your top priority when purchasing a smartphone, don’t think twice about getting it. Its battery life is practically unmatched.
There are a few flaws, though:
- The primary and ultrawide lenses’ dynamic range could be improved.
- The display doesn’t support HDR.
- There is a ton of adware preinstalled.
- The teardrop notch looks quite antiquated at this price in 2023.
However, if you’re ready to put up with these flaws, the Samsung Galaxy M34 is a fantastic value. For the majority of people, a simple product recommendation!