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Motorola Moto G34 5G smartphone review – The phone for money-savers who don't want to do without

Budget buddy. The Moto G34 will only set you back about US$220. In return, you get 5G, eSIM support, a 120-Hz display and quite a bit of power. Is this the perfect budget phone?

The mid-range Moto-G series smartphones are super popular—and no wonder, as Motorola has given its devices nearly unchanged stock Android for years, plus, its phones boast great connectivity for a good price. 

The Motorola Moto G34 5G retails for around US$220 and still, you don't have to go without modern connectivity options. 

In this review, we will be taking a closer look at whether the Motorola phone is the best choice, as the competition within this price range is strong and plentiful. 

Motorola Moto G34 (Moto G Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G 8 x 1.7 - 2.2 GHz, Kryo 660 Gold (2x Cortex-A78) / Silver (6x Cortex-A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3,5mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD (dedicated, up to 1TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B38/​B40/​B41/​B42), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n26/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n77/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 162.7 x 74.7 ( = 0.32 x 6.41 x 2.94 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 18 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/​2.4, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), charger, USB cable, silicone bumper, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, eSIM support, SAR: 0.90W/​kg Head, 1.26W/​kg Body, fanless
Weight
179 g ( = 6.31 oz / 0.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
81.9 %
03/2024
Motorola Moto G34
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
179 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"1600x720
79 %
03/2023
Motorola Moto G23
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
184.3 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
80.2 %
02/2024
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
SD 685, Adreno 610
188.5 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.67"2400x1080
75.9 %
07/2023
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
201 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.60"2408x1080
74.6 %
07/2023
Honor X7a
Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320
196 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.74"1600x720

Case – Design leaves more to be desired

The affordable Motorola smartphone comes in three color variants: Ocean Green (a dark green with a blue tint), Ice Blue (a light pastel blue) and Charcoal Black (which is just black). In all color versions, the back is made from matte plastic that shimmers ever so slightly in the light.

The camera module stands out in terms of materials and color, bulging out of the back like a cushion. It appears more like a foreign object and as a result, we see it as less of a success from a design standpoint. 

The bezels around the screen on the front are clearly visible but for the price range, they are still a normal size.

In terms of footprint and weight, the Motorola phone proves to be compact and relatively light, however, at 6.5 inches, its display is a little smaller than most of the competitors. If you grab the phone slightly more tightly, it sometimes creaks but in total, it is built very solidly. 

Size comparison

167.7 mm / 6.6 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 201 g0.4431 lbs167.5 mm / 6.59 inch 76.9 mm / 3.03 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs162.7 mm / 6.41 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs162.7 mm / 6.41 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 184.3 g0.4063 lbs162.2 mm / 6.39 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 188.5 g0.4156 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity – Lots on offer

In Europe, where we carried out this test, there is only one storage variant of the Moto G34 5G available, namely with 128 GB storage and 4 GB RAM. According to the manufacturer, it costs US$220, but you can already find it cheaper online.

Buyers can look forward to good connectivity including NFC, a 3.5-mm audio jack, stereo speakers and even eSIM support. In turn, you'll have to make do with only one nano SIM card slot.

The ability to connect to the 5G network is a rarity for a price of around US$200, but the Motorola Moto G34 5G offers exactly that.

Bottom: speaker, USB-C port, microphone, 3.5-mm audio jack
Bottom: speaker, USB-C port, microphone, 3.5-mm audio jack
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Left: volume rocker, standby button
Left: volume rocker, standby button
Right: SIM slot
Right: SIM slot

microSD card reader

The microSD card slot is situated next to the SIM card slot and it can accommodate cards up to 1 TB in size. Its read and write speeds are decent for the price class, but they couldn't fully take advantage of our Angelbird V60 reference card's possible data rates.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
50 MB/s +27%
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
39.5 MB/s
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash (Angelbird V60)
26.1 MB/s -34%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
24.3 MB/s -38%
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash (Angelbird V60)
21.9 MB/s -45%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Motorola Moto G34 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø39.4 (26.3-51.7)
Motorola Moto G23 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø38.6 (28.1-50.2)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø26.5 (17.2-40)
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø34.3 (26.7-47.7)
Honor X7a PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø33.7 (24.7-48.3)
Motorola Moto G34 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø73.1 (31.5-85.3)
Motorola Moto G23 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø73.1 (32.5-76.9)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76 (18.4-82.5)
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø74.3 (37-79.3)
Honor X7a PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø71.2 (27.4-77.4)

Software – Stock Android with 3 years of updates

Motorola has installed Android 14 on the phone and hasn't changed much about Google's operating system. Settings for functions specific to this smartphone are stored within the Moto app, so the regular settings menu doesn't appear overcrowded.

Our test device's latest security patch was from February 2024 so at the time of testing, this was pretty up-to-date. Motorola has had its smartphone included in the "Android Enterprise Recommended" program and must therefore make an update promise: Security patches every two months until January 2027 and, in any case, Android 15 as an update.

Unfortunately, the phone comes with quite a few sponsored apps and games pre-installed, but they can all easily be deleted.

Communication and GNSS – The 5G smartphone for little money

The Wi-Fi modem supports Wi-Fi 5 as its fastest standard. This is common within this price range and the Motorola Moto G34 5G achieves typical speeds for a smartphone costing around US$220. However, slight fluctuations in its data rate during transmission were visible in our test. Unfortunately, they also occurred from time to time when we repeated the test.

Close to the router, the phone still loads web pages quite quickly and it shows full reception bars. At a distance of 10 meters from the router and with 3 walls in between, the reception indicator still shows 3/4 of the signal strength, which means that it takes considerably longer to load pages.

The Motorola Moto G34 is a 5G smartphone, so you can also use the fastest current mobile communications standard. Sufficient 4G and 5G frequencies are available in Europe, which is where we tested the phone. However, if you are planning a trip, you should check in advance whether the Moto G34 5G also supports the necessary bands—it is by no means a world phone that can be used everywhere.

Networking
Motorola Moto G34
iperf3 receive AXE11000
279 (min: 210) MBit/s ∼43%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
337 (min: 287) MBit/s ∼49%
Motorola Moto G23
iperf3 receive AXE11000
346 (min: 322) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
370 (min: 339) MBit/s ∼54%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
iperf3 receive AXE11000
317 (min: 293) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
364 (min: 336) MBit/s ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
iperf3 receive AXE11000
337 (min: 68) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
365 (min: 331) MBit/s ∼53%
Honor X7a
iperf3 receive AXE11000
308 (min: 302) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
370 (min: 341) MBit/s ∼54%
Average of class Smartphone
iperf3 receive AXE11000
653 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
689 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼100%
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Motorola Moto G34; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø279 (210-321)
Motorola Moto G34; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø337 (287-358)
GPS test outside
GPS test outside
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

We tested the Moto G34 5G's locating accuracy by stepping outside. We were then located quite quickly with an accuracy of 3 metres. However, as it doesn't support SBAS for even more precise locating, this is the standard result.

In order to test how well the Motorola smartphone's locating module works in practical use, we took a trip on our bike using the Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch as a comparison device.

All-in-all, the Moto G34 5G delivered pretty accurate results; it only deviated by a few metres now and again. This became especially visible when cycling through narrow city alleyways.

Even so, you can use the phone for navigation purposes without any issues. Only if you seek absolute precision should you probably look elsewhere.

Motorola Moto G34 location services – overview
Motorola Moto G34 location services – overview
Motorola Moto G34 location services – turning point
Motorola Moto G34 location services – turning point
Motorola Moto G34 location services – bridge
Motorola Moto G34 location services – bridge
Garmin Venu 2 location services – overview
Garmin Venu 2 location services – overview
Garmin Venu 2 location services – turning point
Garmin Venu 2 location services – turning point
Garmin Venu 2 location services – bridge
Garmin Venu 2 location services – bridge

Telephone features and call quality – Nice and clear

Motorola uses the telephone app from Google, the same one that can be found on a lot of other Android smartphones. It is structured clearly and offers all the required features, such as caller lists and quick access to your saved contacts. 

Its call quality with the phone held up to your ear is decent, the sound isn't distorted at maximum volume and you always hear the person on the other end of the line clearly. Our voice was also transmitted well, however, we just had to make sure to not speak too quietly, otherwise the microphone didn't pick anything up.

The person on the other end of the line can be understood well using the phone's loudspeaker, too. The hands-free microphone proved to be a little less accurate, as it seems to record quiet voices with a lot of interruptions. Furthermore, you should make sure to speak in the direction of the microphone, otherwise the call won't be as clear.

Cameras – Breaking class boundaries

Photo taken using front-facing camera
Photo taken using front-facing camera

The main camera on the back has a maximum resolution of 50 megapixels, however, it usually takes 12.5-MP photos. The photo module combines four image points into one large pixel, resulting in photos with a higher light yield.

Moreover, the phone's back houses a macro lens which can be used for extreme close-up shots, however, at 2 MP, it doesn't have the highest resolution. The device doesn't feature an ultra-wide-angle lens. The competition has an advantage in this aspect: The Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE and Redmi Note 13 4G both have such a lens.

Even so, photos taken on the Moto G34's main camera are pretty good when you consider it costs less than US$250: It depicts colors vividly and in the landscape image, the clouds in the sky were shown with great detail without appearing washed out. Still, its level of detail can't compete with that of more expensive phones.

We like how the photos are lightened in darker surroundings. Again, high-end devices will of course offer even better results at times but with regard to its price, it is impressive how much the Moto G34 can manage. If anything, its sharpness could just do with being better.

Videos can be recorded at a maximum of 1080p and 30fps. Its picture quality is fine, the camera's autofocus and automatic brightness adjustment work fast and almost imperceptibly. 

The front-facing camera has a 16-megapixel resolution and takes good selfies in daylight. You shouldn't expect too many details in darker areas of the photos, but their sharpness is good and if needed, you can enlarge them without losing too much quality.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera plantMain camera landscapeMain camera low light
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The main camera had to undergo a second test in our test lab using precisely regulated lighting situations. The test chart was depicted quite sharply and reasonably in high-contrast in very good lighting, although the colors were a little too bright. The details of the test chart could still be recognized to some extent at only 1 lux illumination.

ColorChecker
21.8 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
22.6 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
19 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
14 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G34: 12.74 ∆E min: 2.59 - max: 22.71 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
53.5 ∆E
38.4 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
43.9 ∆E
59.9 ∆E
52.1 ∆E
34.7 ∆E
40.1 ∆E
29 ∆E
61.4 ∆E
61.5 ∆E
30.3 ∆E
46.8 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
71 ∆E
40.9 ∆E
40.8 ∆E
73.3 ∆E
66.9 ∆E
49.5 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G34: 44.42 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 73.28 ∆E

Accessories and warranty – Lots included with the phone

Bucking the trend, Motorola has decided to include a charger with its affordable smartphone, which, at up to 20 watts, even manages a little more than the Moto G34's maximum possible charging power (specified at 18 watts). Of course, a suitable USB cable is also included. The phone is also protected by a silicone cover.

If needed, you can buy a replacement charger from Motorola's Amazon store.

For warranty information, we would recommend taking a look at your local laws.

Input devices & operation – Fast display and great fingerprint sensor

As the Motorola Moto G34 5G's screen is scanned up to 240 times per second for touch inputs, it is possible to input commands smoothly with the system reacting super quickly. The touchscreen remains precise right into the corners and along the edges.

The physical buttons are housed on the right side of the case, namely the volume rocker and the standby button. They have a somewhat short lift and we would liked their feedback to feel a bit more crisp but all-in-all, they can be operated well.

There is also a fingerprint scanner integrated into the standby button which can be used to unlock the system. It works very reliably and quickly: If you touch your finger to the sensor, it unlocks the phone almost instantaneously. 

You can also unlock the phone via facial recognition. This works best in good lighting conditions and then it works reliably, too. However, this is only a 2D facial recognition function that uses the front-facing camera.

Keyboard upright
Keyboard upright
Keyboard horizontal
Keyboard horizontal

Display – If only the resolution was higher...

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The Motorola phone's display uses IPS technology and can display content at almost 120 frames per second. Unfortunately, it only has a resolution of 1,600 x 720 pixels. This may make it class-average, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G shows that you can also offer Full HD within this price class. 

As a result, images don't look quite as sharp as on higher-resolution displays but after a few days of use, you won't likely notice the difference anymore. This may also be due to the fact that its 6.5-inch display is a little smaller than a lot of the competition.

Its maximum brightness of 523 cd/m² is good but in this aspect, the Redmi Note 13 4G stands out for achieving almost twice the values in direct sunlight. Its black value of 0.47 cd/m² is quite high, leading to its contrast suffering slightly and colors not looking as vivid.

500
cd/m²
521
cd/m²
516
cd/m²
509
cd/m²
523
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
499
cd/m²
516
cd/m²
508
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 523 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 511.6 cd/m² Minimum: 3.06 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 523 cd/m²
Contrast: 1113:1 (Black: 0.47 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.89 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 3.1 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
90.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.262
Motorola Moto G34
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto G23
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Honor X7a
IPS, 1600x720, 6.74
Screen
-38%
51%
-114%
-14%
Brightness middle
523
522
0%
940
80%
465
-11%
586
12%
Brightness
512
502
-2%
922
80%
439
-14%
562
10%
Brightness Distribution
95
91
-4%
96
1%
89
-6%
91
-4%
Black Level *
0.47
0.47
-0%
0.47
-0%
0.26
45%
Contrast
1113
1111
0%
989
-11%
2254
103%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.89
4.63
-145%
1.2
37%
8.5
-350%
4.24
-124%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.63
8.59
-86%
2.28
51%
15.8
-241%
8.44
-82%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.1
5.2
-68%
1.4
55%
11.8
-281%
5.3
-71%
Gamma
2.262 97%
2.296 96%
2.27 97%
2.2 100%
2.226 99%
CCT
6471 100%
7832 83%
6503 100%
10757 60%
6955 93%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17761 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

We noted no PWM flickering even at very low brightness levels, meaning that even sensitive people can use the smartphone without any problems.

Using the color mode natural, the display achieved a fairly accurate color reproduction in our tests using the spectrophotometer and CalMAN software, so you can be fairly confident when evaluating colors on its screen.

Its response times are long, but this should only make a difference in a very professional environment.

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.7 ms rise
↘ 11.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 56 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
71.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 48 ms rise
↘ 23.3 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 99 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

On bright days, you may face some bad reflections which the display can't quite compete against. On the other hand, you can use the phone just fine outside on cloudier days or in the shade.

You can read from the screen from all viewing angles without the content looking any different or darker than before.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – SoC coup on the Motorola phone

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 may be from 2021 but even so, it remains to be quite a powerful mid-range SoC that is manufactured using a relatively modern process, namely 6 nm. The SoC was used primarily within high-quality mid-range smartphones in the past years, including the Honor Magic4 Lite and the Motorola Edge 30 Neo.

And what is Motorola doing in 2024? It has installed the older (but quite speedy) SoC into the cheap Moto G34 5G, resulting in good performance values for such a cheap smartphone. The competition in this price range is left in the dust, as it came in at least 25% slower and sometimes only half as fast as the Moto G34 5G, depending on the benchmark.

Thanks to its low screen resolution, the phone also runs programs very smoothly and can often display somewhat more complex photo and video editing apps with no issues.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=211, last 2 years)
914 Points +35%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
676 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (659 - 697, n=24)
676 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
437 Points -35%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
354 Points -48%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
350 Points -48%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
162 Points -76%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=211, last 2 years)
3005 Points +68%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1663 - 2038, n=24)
1904 Points +6%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1794 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1775 Points -1%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
1363 Points -24%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1334 Points -26%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
756 Points -58%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=112, last 2 years)
1373 Points +51%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
907 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (893 - 919, n=8)
906 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
478 Points -47%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
413 Points -54%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
193 Points -79%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=112, last 2 years)
3804 Points +88%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1993 - 2189, n=8)
2073 Points +3%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2020 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1544 Points -24%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1384 Points -31%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
845 Points -58%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=146, last 2 years)
748379 Points +89%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
395991 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (344344 - 416086, n=18)
389461 Points -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
300122 Points -24%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=210, last 2 years)
11860 Points +5%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
11314 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (6897 - 11732, n=23)
9629 Points -15%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
8215 Points -27%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
7305 Points -35%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5742 Points -49%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5720 Points -49%
CrossMark - Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1474, n=163, last 2 years)
843 Points +41%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
598 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (521 - 606, n=18)
583 Points -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
369 Points -38%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
348 Points -42%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=161, last 2 years)
5883 Points +61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3171 - 3848, n=19)
3648 Points 0%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3644 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
2728 Points -25%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2226 Points -39%
System
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=161, last 2 years)
9825 Points +40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (6789 - 8231, n=19)
7725 Points +10%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7037 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
6320 Points -10%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5104 Points -27%
Memory
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12716, n=161, last 2 years)
6394 Points +60%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3167 - 4836, n=19)
4227 Points +6%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4005 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
3285 Points -18%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2650 Points -34%
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=161, last 2 years)
14727 Points +238%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4360 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3975 - 4426, n=19)
4340 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
2331 Points -47%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1811 Points -58%
Web
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=161, last 2 years)
1511 Points +5%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1434 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1078 - 1434, n=19)
1253 Points -13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1144 Points -20%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1002 Points -30%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=146, last 2 years)
21632 Points +274%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (5442 - 9348, n=15)
6775 Points +17%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
5790 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
4615 Points -20%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3630 Points -37%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 245629, n=107, last 2 years)
17669 Points +4048%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (426 - 3080, n=7)
825 Points +94%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
780 Points +83%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
426 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
382 Points -10%

Its graphics unit is significantly faster than those on comparable smartphones. It is possible to display content reasonably smoothly in Full HD, but it is a shame that its screen doesn't make full use of this possibility.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
354 Points
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
188 Points -47%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
178 Points -50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
135 Points -62%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
364 Points
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
189 Points -48%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
179 Points -51%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
139 Points -62%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1206 Points
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
749 Points -38%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
716 Points -41%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
634 Points -47%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1212 Points
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
748 Points -38%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
706 Points -42%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
645 Points -47%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
108 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
54 fps -50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
40 fps -63%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
37 fps -66%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
31 fps -71%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
94 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
45 fps -52%
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
43 fps -54%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
41 fps -56%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps -77%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
75 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
42 fps -44%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps -71%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps -71%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
20 fps -73%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
47 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
25 fps -47%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
24 fps -49%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps -51%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps -74%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
63 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
30 fps -52%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps -76%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps -78%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps -79%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
34 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps -53%
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps -56%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps -56%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
8.3 fps -76%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
35 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps -57%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.7 fps -78%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7.6 fps -78%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
5.4 fps -85%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
20 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
9.2 fps -54%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9 fps -55%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.8 fps -56%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
3.5 fps -82%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
24 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
7.5 fps -69%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.5 fps -77%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
4.9 fps -80%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4.8 fps -80%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
8.2 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3.6 fps -56%
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
3.3 fps -60%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3.2 fps -61%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1.5 fps -82%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
38 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
11 fps -71%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
9.5 fps -75%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
7.7 fps -80%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7.5 fps -80%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
21 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
10 fps -52%
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
8.8 fps -58%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8.5 fps -60%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
4.2 fps -80%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3.6 fps
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1.5 fps -58%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1.5 fps -58%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1.4 fps -61%
Honor X7a
PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash
0.6 fps -83%

The Moto G34 5G came far ahead in the browser benchmarks, too, loading pages relatively quickly. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=167, last 2 years)
108.3 Points +3%
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
105.304 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (48.6 - 105.3, n=19)
71.2 Points -32%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G (Chrome 120)
62.375 Points -41%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE (Chrome 114)
40.02 Points -62%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=151, last 2 years)
110.8 runs/min +38%
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
80.1 runs/min
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (38.7 - 80.1, n=16)
54 runs/min -33%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G (Chrome 120)
52.4 runs/min -35%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE (Chrome 114)
32 runs/min -60%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
111 Points
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=159, last 2 years)
101 Points -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (58 - 111, n=18)
74.3 Points -33%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G (Chrome 120)
49 Points -56%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE (Chrome 114)
44 Points -60%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (2228 - 89112, n=212, last 2 years)
33583 Points +6%
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
31647 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (17849 - 31647, n=21)
24051 Points -24%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G (Chrome 120)
15900 Points -50%
Motorola Moto G23 (Chrome 111)
13252 Points -58%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE (Chrome 114)
11782 Points -63%
Honor X7a (Chrome 114)
6352 Points -80%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE (Chrome 114)
3347 ms * -158%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G (Chrome 120)
2534.6 ms * -95%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (1298 - 2501, n=18)
1769 ms * -36%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=167, last 2 years)
1546 ms * -19%
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
1298.2 ms *

* ... smaller is better

Its UFS-2.1 storage is also faster than on a lot of the competitor smartphones, however, the Motorola Moto G34 has met its master in this aspect: The Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G features UFS-2.2 storage, allowing for even shorter loading times and faster data transfers.

Motorola Moto G34Motorola Moto G23Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4GSamsung Galaxy A14 LTEHonor X7aAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-47%
29%
-61%
-66%
-11%
102%
Sequential Read 256KB
524.1
282.4
-46%
909.8
74%
298.69
-43%
280
-47%
Sequential Write 256KB
495
244.6
-51%
606.3
22%
200.17
-60%
223
-55%
Random Read 4KB
192.1
100.2
-48%
177.1
-8%
55.9
-71%
59.1
-69%
152.9 ?(92.6 - 239, n=113)
-20%
Random Write 4KB
180.2
100.5
-44%
228
27%
55.86
-69%
14.7
-92%
131.6 ?(18.2 - 290, n=113)
-27%
Motorola Moto G34Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
PCMark for Android
-4%
-17%
116%
Storage 2.0 seq. read int.
462 ?(3.0.4061)
586 ?(3.0.4061)
27%
Storage 2.0 seq. write int.
420 ?(3.0.4061)
436 ?(3.0.4061)
4%
Storage 2.0 random read int.
29 ?(3.0.4061)
30.8 ?(3.0.4061)
6%
25.8 ?(15.3 - 38.4, n=6)
-11%
Storage 2.0 random write int.
41.9 ?(3.0.4061)
22.2 ?(3.0.4061)
-47%
28.9 ?(21.7 - 41.9, n=6)
-31%
Storage 2.0
18862 ?(3.0.4061)
16582 ?(3.0.4061)
-12%
15801 ?(8211 - 20827, n=21)
-16%

Games – Decent, but not perfect

Despite its actually quite decent performance values, the Motorola Moto G34 5G weakens somewhat when it comes to gaming. Sure, simple casual games are no problem for the phone, but more complex games show the device's performance limits.

When running Genshin Impact, for example, it only achieved 20fps even at very low settings, which often led to the game character or camera producing some somewhat angular movements. When playing PUBG Mobile, it still managed 40fps at low settings, but only 30fps when depicting high levels of detail. We tested the frame rates using the GameBench software suite.

Overall, gaming on the phone is decent if you lower your expectations a little. Controlling them via the touchscreen and, if necessary, the position sensor also works without any problems.

Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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Motorola Moto G34; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps; 4.5.0_21307647_21321795: Ø20.2 (19-28)
Motorola Moto G34; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps; 4.5.0_21307647_21321795: Ø19.6 (14-20)
Motorola Moto G34; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 3.1.0: Ø39.4 (36-41)
Motorola Moto G34; PUBG Mobile; HD; 3.1.0: Ø29.6 (27-30)

Emissions – The Moto G34 can get quite warm

Temperature

In this section, we aim to see whether the smartphone's case heats up under high load: we actually measured 44.8 °C after longer, demanding benchmarks. This is clearly noticeable and since we measured this at room temperature, it could get even higher on hot summer days.

However, this has no effect on the SoC's performance: Even after 20 runs of the 3DMark Wild Life stress tests, we hardly noted any differences in the frame rates. 

Max. Load
 44.2 °C
112 F
35.9 °C
97 F
35 °C
95 F
 
 42.4 °C
108 F
36.5 °C
98 F
35.2 °C
95 F
 
 41 °C
106 F
38.6 °C
101 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 38.2 °C = 101 F
34.4 °C
94 F
39.3 °C
103 F
42.7 °C
109 F
35.3 °C
96 F
38.4 °C
101 F
44.8 °C
113 F
35.1 °C
95 F
39.8 °C
104 F
43.6 °C
110 F
Maximum: 44.8 °C = 113 F
Average: 39.3 °C = 103 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.2 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.8 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.4 %
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99 % 0%
Motorola Moto G23
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash
98.8 % -1%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
96.4 % -3%
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
96.4 % -3%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
98.7 % 0%
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
98.7 %
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
95.6 % -3%
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Motorola Moto G34 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø2.16 (2.15-2.18)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø0.814 (0.81-0.82)
Motorola Moto G34 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.24 (7.23-7.28)
Motorola Moto G23 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø4.52 (4.47-4.53)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø3.91 (3.89-3.93)
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø4.29 (4.15-4.31)

Speakers

The Motorola Moto G34 5G aims to offer stereo sound, and it uses its dedicated speaker on the bottom and the earpiece above the screen to achieve this. This results in a reasonably powerful soundscape at maximum volume. It is a little treble-heavy, but not unpleasant. Voices are easy to understand, music sounds decent, but it lacks low mids and bass.

If you connect headphones via the 3.5 mm port or Bluetooth, you get clear sound and, depending on the external audio device, significantly more bass. Fortunately, the Motorola smartphone supports almost all currently available audio codecs via Bluetooth. In addition to standards such as aptX, SBC and AAC, this also includes more exotic formats such as Opus and LC3. Hi-Res audio codecs such as LHDC V3/V4 and LDAC are also available.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.636.22537.6363130.731.64033.429.45038.434.86324.528.18016.519.210015.819.312513.119.816014.624.82008.629.62507.834.63157.244.84008.553.450010.156.463010.961.180010.969100012.667.412509.169.316009.663.7200010.166.2250010.865.7315012.770.4400013.276500015.277.2630014.374.5800015.367.61000016.162.51250016.365.21600017.253.3SPL24.983.2N0.650.8median 12.6median 63.7Delta2.9124343.135.436.732.531.13533.23836.828.524.221.121.62122.420.922.119.722.114.730.313.636.811.942.812.655.114.460.114.560.815.660.412.569.512.872.611.171.511.971.311.968.613.166.914.463.715.961.215.956.516.357.917571759.517.649.126.579.60.839.4median 14.5median 59.52.212.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Moto G34Honor X7a
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Moto G34 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 63% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 30% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 79% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Honor X7a audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 68% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 82% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life – Runs for ages

Power consumption

Motorola's affordable smartphone proved to be comparatively frugal during our power consumption tests in various scenarios. Especially under high load, the SoC consumes significantly less energy than comparable smartphones—which also have less power. Motorola's energy management can therefore be classed as a success.

Its maximum charging power is 18 watts. Charging the battery takes around 2:15 hours via the supplied charger if it was completely empty beforehand.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1 / 1.5 / 1.8 Watt
Load midlight 3.2 / 4.8 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Motorola Moto G34
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
5000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-11%
-27%
-10%
-26%
Idle Minimum *
1
1.1
-10%
0.89
11%
0.886 ?(0.56 - 1.2, n=18)
11%
Idle Average *
1.5
1.3
13%
2.31
-54%
1.76 ?(0.91 - 4.76, n=18)
-17%
Idle Maximum *
1.8
1.5
17%
2.34
-30%
Load Average *
3.2
3.6
-13%
4.11
-28%
3.86 ?(2.4 - 9.52, n=18)
-21%
Load Maximum *
4.8
7.8
-63%
6.46
-35%
5.45 ?(4.32 - 9.92, n=18)
-14%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Motorola Moto G34; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø2.98 (0.974-4.83)
Motorola Moto G34; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.196 (1.014-1.822)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Motorola Moto G34; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø3.48 (3.23-4.08)
Motorola Moto G34; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.196 (1.014-1.822)

Runtimes

Can the Motorola Moto G34 5G translate its relatively low consumption values into long battery runtimes? Well, our test device doesn't set any new records, but it does manage to get a lot out of its 5,000 mAh battery:

16:35 hours of runtime in our WLAN test, to be precise, or over 20 hours of watching movies from the internal storage. If you saved all eight Harry Potter films, you could watch them all on one battery charge.

Under high load, the phone lasts for 5:29 hours, so you also have time for a long gaming session.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
24h 32min
WiFi Websurfing
16h 35min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
20h 05min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 29min
Motorola Moto G34
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G23
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE
5000 mAh
Honor X7a
5330 mAh
Battery Runtime
16%
-2%
-10%
2%
Reader / Idle
1472
1509
3%
1170
-21%
H.264
1205
1358
13%
1044
-13%
WiFi v1.3
995
1152
16%
742
-25%
896
-10%
1014
2%
Load
329
334
2%
348
6%

Pros

+ 5G ready
+ great performance for the price class
+ eSIM support
+ lots of Bluetooth audio codecs
+ relatively fast microSD card reader
+ comparatively compact and lightweight
+ stock Android with 3 years of updates
+ good camera photos even in poor lighting conditions
+ 120-Hz display without PWM flickering
+ speedy fingerprint sensor
+ decent stereo speakers
+ good runtimes

Cons

- low-res display
- design with wide bezels...
- ... and mounted camera module
- gets considerably warm under load
- limited gaming power
- no ultra-wide-angle camera

Verdict – One of the cheapest 5G phones

Motorola Moto G34 5G review.
Motorola Moto G34 5G review.

The Motorola Moto G34 5G is indeed a good phone for people with smaller budgets. It offers good performance, decent connectivity including eSIM support and nice-sounding stereo speakers—plus, it also comes with an extensive accessory package including a charger and silicone case. In addition, not all phones within this price class offer the ability to connect to 5G.

It will likely depend on your own personal priorities whether this phone is the best choice within the price class: Do you definitely need a Full-HD screen and might you be better off with AMOLED? Then you should take a look at Xiaomi or Samsung's selection. Furthermore, some phones offer even more precise location services and a more modern case for a similar price.

Apart from that, the Moto G34 5G can hardly be criticized: Its runtimes are good, it doesn't take too long to charge, its camera takes decent photos and you don't have to worry about PWM flickering.

The Motorola Moto G34 is a good 5G smartphone for little money. However, its high performance and good connectivity are countered by a slightly low-resolution screen. 

It isn't the easiest to find a 5G smartphone for below US$250. Last year's Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G could be an alternative, for example, which you can now get for just over US$200.

Price and availability

Currently, the Motorola Moto G34 5G isn't available for purchase within the US. You can view all of the manufacturer's devices that are currently available in its Amazon store.

Motorola Moto G34 - 03/19/2024 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
50 / 70 → 71%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
89%
Games Performance
30 / 64 → 47%
Application Performance
75 / 86 → 88%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
73 / 90 → 81%
Camera
66%
Average
76%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2024-03-20 (Update: 2024-03-20)