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Nokia 3.4 Smartphone Review - Lightweight, Colorful Nokia Phone

Dazzling performer. Nokia's 3.4 wants to stir up the lower mid-range with a brand-new interior and triple camera. Strong competitors face the Chinese-Finnish phone, but the smartphone can actually convince in some points.
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Nokia 3.4
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Nokia 3.4 (3 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 8 x 1.8 GHz, Cortex-A73 / 53
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6.39 inch 19.5:9, 1560 x 720 pixel 269 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 49 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB (dedicated), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, USB-C
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM, UMTS, LTE (B1/2/3/5/7/8/12/13/17/28/38/40/41/66), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.7 x 161 x 76 ( = 0.34 x 6.34 x 2.99 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix contrast-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 5.0MP, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.364W/​kg (head), 1.56W/​kg (body); LTE Cat 4 (150 Mbps /​ 50 Mbps) ; FM radio, fanless
Weight
180 g ( = 6.35 oz / 0.4 pounds), Power Supply: 53 g ( = 1.87 oz / 0.12 pounds)
Price
159 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Rating Version
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
76 %7
12/2020
Nokia 3.4
SD 460, Adreno 610
180 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.39"1560x720
80 %7
09/2020
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
199 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.53"2340x1080
78 %7
10/2020
Motorola Moto G9 Play
SD 662, Adreno 610
200 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
75 %7
11/2020
Samsung Galaxy A20s
SD 450, Adreno 506
183 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1560x720

Case, features and operation - future-proof thanks to Android One

Nokia offers its affordable mid-range smartphone in three color variants, all three of which have a strong iridescence so that the color looks a bit different depending on the incidence of light. Anthracite (dark gray to brown), Dusk (rosé to violet) and Fjord (blue to green) are available. This color play is well done and gives the quite inexpensive smartphone a high-quality touch.

The back is only made of plastic, but that is not to be expected for considerably less than 200 Euros. The smartphone is well manufactured and quite stable. That's good news for those who don't want to carry a lot of weight around: The Nokia 3.4 is relatively light for its size at 180 grams.

The smartphone is available with 64 GB or 32 GB of mass storage, and you can also choose whether you only need one SIM slot or a dual-SIM slot, whereby the prices on the Internet are currently on a similar level here. The 32 GB variant is easiest to get directly from Nokia, but it is currently more expensive than other manufacturers' offers for the Nokia 3.4 with 64 GB of storage.

Although the SoC would theoretically support modern Wi-Fi 6, Nokia has only enabled Wi-Fi 4. In our test with the reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12, the phone achieved an average data throughput of around 113-122 MBit/s, which is faster than Samsung's Galaxy A20s, for example. however, Redmi Note 9 and Moto G9 Play show that Wi-Fi 5 speed is also possible in this price category.

The LTE speed is also only LTE Cat.4. Older Bluetooth 4.2 is on board, but at least NFC for mobile payment services and other applications is also available.

Nokia's 3.4 is part of the Android-One program and is supposed to get regular security updates and two major operating system updates. Nokia promises the update to Android 11 for the first quarter of 2021. However, our device was not up to date with security patches from September 2020 at the time of testing.

A physical fingerprint sensor is found on the back, which unlocks the smartphone quite reliably after a short waiting period.

Size comparison

165.2 mm / 6.5 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs163.3 mm / 6.43 inch 77.5 mm / 3.05 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 183 g0.4034 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs161 mm / 6.34 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs
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Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (172min - 352max) MBit/s ∼100% +184%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
237 (21min - 330max) MBit/s ∼68% +94%
Nokia 3.4
802.11 b/g/n
122 (69min - 147max) MBit/s ∼35%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
802.11 b/g/n
28.3 (12min - 44max) MBit/s ∼8% -77%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
355 (327min - 366max) MBit/s ∼100% +214%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
239 (26min - 333max) MBit/s ∼67% +112%
Nokia 3.4
802.11 b/g/n
113 (75min - 143max) MBit/s ∼32%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
802.11 b/g/n
41.6 (28min - 58max) MBit/s ∼12% -63%
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Cameras - Moderate sharpness

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

The main lens of the rear camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels. Pictures look very blurry and are only usable as snapshots. In low light, the illumination is mediocre and visible image distortions occur. This is not necessarily unusual at this price level, but there are also positive examples, such as Samsung's Galaxy A20s, which takes much sharper pictures.

The wide-angle camera also only produces rather poorly detailed pictures and distorts the colors of the sky.

Videos can be recorded in 1080p and with 30 fps at most. This is usual in the price range. The autofocus reacts quite slowly here, but the videos are otherwise of acceptable quality for the price range. You have to choose between a wide-angle or standard lens before recording.

An 8-megapixel camera is found at the front, and the selfie quality is quite respectable here.

Image Comparison

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ColorChecker
18.5 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
19.9 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
20.2 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
25.2 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
14 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
18.5 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
4 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia 3.4: 14.08 ∆E min: 4.05 - max: 25.16 ∆E
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29.1 ∆E
53.5 ∆E
39.1 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
44 ∆E
62.8 ∆E
53.9 ∆E
34.4 ∆E
40.9 ∆E
26.7 ∆E
64.9 ∆E
63.9 ∆E
30.5 ∆E
48.1 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
76.3 ∆E
41.8 ∆E
44.8 ∆E
92.1 ∆E
70.4 ∆E
51.6 ∆E
36.6 ∆E
23.5 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia 3.4: 46.48 ∆E min: 13.76 - max: 92.11 ∆E

Display - class level, but no more

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

Nokia's 3.4 is equipped with a 720p screen, which is standard for its class. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 9 with its Full HD screen shows that it can be better. The screen's brightness is mediocre, the black value is also mediocre, and the contrast ratio of 1,100:1 is also mediocre.

The display should not be used to judge printing colors in view of the clear color deviations. There is a clear blue cast in grayscale.

We also noticed PWM flickering at very low display brightness, but at a fairly high frequency, so most people should not have any problems here.

414
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
400
cd/m²
440
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
400
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 440 cd/m² Average: 417.4 cd/m² Minimum: 2.61 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 440 cd/m²
Contrast: 1100:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.77 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 5.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
96.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.156
Nokia 3.4
IPS, 1560x720, 6.39
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
IPS LCD, 2340x1080, 6.53
Motorola Moto G9 Play
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy A20s
IPS, 1560x720, 6.50
Response Times
16%
-13%
6%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
46 (25, 21)
38.8 (19.6, 19.2)
16%
52 (27, 25)
-13%
44 (21, 23)
4%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (13, 17)
25.6 (12.4, 13.2)
15%
34 (17, 17)
-13%
28 (15, 13)
7%
PWM Frequency
961.5 (20)
Screen
65%
8%
-2%
Brightness middle
440
553
26%
450
2%
384
-13%
Brightness
417
527
26%
428
3%
367
-12%
Brightness Distribution
91
89
-2%
88
-3%
87
-4%
Black Level *
0.4
0.12
70%
0.23
42%
0.42
-5%
Contrast
1100
4608
319%
1957
78%
914
-17%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.77
3.8
20%
5.49
-15%
4.43
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.85
8.7
2%
10.19
-15%
7.34
17%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.7
2.2
61%
7.5
-32%
4.9
14%
Gamma
2.156 102%
2.3 96%
2.495 88%
2.308 95%
CCT
7660 85%
6727 97%
8711 75%
7671 85%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
41% / 55%
-3% / 3%
2% / -0%

* ... smaller is better

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.1 ms).

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 detected 961.5 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 961.5 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 961.5 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 14825 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space

Performance, emissions and battery life - Good endurance

The still quite new Snapdragon 460 is used in Nokia's 3.4. Compared with the Snapdragon 450 in Samsung's Galaxy A20s, it shows a significant performance increase and can also keep up with the other comparison devices to some extent. Thus, you get a good performance package for the price, also in terms of graphics performance. The smartphone usually runs smoothly in everyday use, but it only starts to sweat during more complex apps.

The storage is on par with the class in terms of speed. Our reference microSD, a Toshiba Exceria Pro M501, is also read quickly.

Nokia's 3.4 heats up considerably in some places. This warming is not critical in normal temperatures, but it can be unpleasant on hot days when the smartphone is loaded.

The speaker cannot get particularly loud, but it does not sound too bad for such a cheap smartphone. Sure, low mids are hardly audible, but at least the trebles do not clang unpleasantly and you can definitely listen to a video or music track. Audiophiles will rather use headphones or external speakers, which can be connected via a 3.5 mm port or Bluetooth including the sound enhancement aptX.

Nokia's 3.4 has a 4,000 mAh battery, which puts it in the midfield in terms of capacity. The runtimes in our Wi-Fi test are nevertheless almost on par with the Redmi Note 9 with a much bigger battery; the modern SoC and the low screen resolution probably pay off here. Thanks to a runtime of 14 hours, it should be enough for two days without charging. Charging only works with a maximum of 10 watts and takes a good 2 hours.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
247 Points ∼44%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
356 Points ∼63% +44%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
314 Points ∼55% +27%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
159 Points ∼28% -36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (246 - 256, n=5)
251 Points ∼44% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1604, n=234, last 2 years)
566 Points ∼100% +129%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1170 Points ∼60%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1259 Points ∼65% +8%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1397 Points ∼72% +19%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
902 Points ∼46% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (1135 - 1270, n=5)
1176 Points ∼61% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4455, n=234, last 2 years)
1940 Points ∼100% +66%
PCMark for Android
Work performance score (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
7125 Points ∼62%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
11421 Points ∼100% +60%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
8610 Points ∼75% +21%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
5836 Points ∼51% -18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (7036 - 7779, n=5)
7416 Points ∼65% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2689 - 19989, n=223, last 2 years)
9982 Points ∼87% +40%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
5591 Points ∼64%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
8698 Points ∼100% +56%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
6296 Points ∼72% +13%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
4493 Points ∼52% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (5316 - 5869, n=5)
5633 Points ∼65% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=267, last 2 years)
7878 Points ∼91% +41%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
17062 Points ∼42%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
22131 Points ∼55% +30%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
13203 Points ∼33% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (16441 - 17062, n=3)
16663 Points ∼41% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2920 - 117606, n=207, last 2 years)
40247 Points ∼100% +136%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
16821 Points ∼29%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
23379 Points ∼40% +39%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
12736 Points ∼22% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (16610 - 16821, n=3)
16721 Points ∼29% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2177 - 224130, n=207, last 2 years)
58049 Points ∼100% +245%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
17962 Points ∼77%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
18647 Points ∼80% +4%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
15273 Points ∼65% -15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (15499 - 17962, n=3)
16510 Points ∼71% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8324 - 59268, n=207, last 2 years)
23323 Points ∼100% +30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1418 Points ∼42%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1862 Points ∼55% +31%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
825 Points ∼24% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (1400 - 1419, n=5)
1411 Points ∼42% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=260, last 2 years)
3369 Points ∼100% +138%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1286 Points ∼33%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1743 Points ∼44% +36%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
701 Points ∼18% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (1270 - 1293, n=5)
1283 Points ∼33% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=260, last 2 years)
3943 Points ∼100% +207%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2218 Points ∼80%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2444 Points ∼89% +10%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1672 Points ∼61% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (2099 - 2248, n=5)
2173 Points ∼79% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 5301, n=260, last 2 years)
2756 Points ∼100% +24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1425 Points ∼36%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1891 Points ∼48% +33%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
817 Points ∼21% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (1414 - 1428, n=4)
1422 Points ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=276, last 2 years)
3948 Points ∼100% +177%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1301 Points ∼26%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1786 Points ∼36% +37%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
702 Points ∼14% -46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (1295 - 1310, n=4)
1304 Points ∼26% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 22052, n=276, last 2 years)
4986 Points ∼100% +283%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2135 Points ∼73%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2384 Points ∼82% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1661 Points ∼57% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (1963 - 2152, n=4)
2083 Points ∼72% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5784, n=274, last 2 years)
2908 Points ∼100% +36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
859 Points ∼33%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1177 Points ∼45% +37%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
438 Points ∼17% -49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (854 - 864, n=5)
859 Points ∼33% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=258, last 2 years)
2629 Points ∼100% +206%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
730 Points ∼26%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1022 Points ∼37% +40%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
382 Points ∼14% -48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (726 - 740, n=5)
732 Points ∼26% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=258, last 2 years)
2786 Points ∼100% +282%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2250 Points ∼80%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2499 Points ∼89% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1702 Points ∼61% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (2097 - 2250, n=5)
2182 Points ∼78% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=258, last 2 years)
2802 Points ∼100% +25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
859 Points ∼27%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1184 Points ∼37% +38%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
488 Points ∼15% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (849 - 859, n=5)
855 Points ∼27% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=274, last 2 years)
3193 Points ∼100% +272%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
732 Points ∼21%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1034 Points ∼29% +41%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
403 Points ∼11% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (727 - 734, n=5)
731 Points ∼20% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 12914, n=274, last 2 years)
3570 Points ∼100% +388%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2190 Points ∼74%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2399 Points ∼81% +10%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1729 Points ∼58% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (1953 - 2190, n=5)
2117 Points ∼72% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5793, n=274, last 2 years)
2959 Points ∼100% +35%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
11 fps ∼50%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
15 fps ∼68% +36%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
6.3 fps ∼28% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (11 - 11, n=5)
11 fps ∼50% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=280, last 2 years)
22.2 fps ∼100% +102%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
6.1 fps ∼24%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
8.3 fps ∼32% +36%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
3.6 fps ∼14% -41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (6 - 6.1, n=5)
6.04 fps ∼24% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=279, last 2 years)
25.6 fps ∼100% +320%
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
6.8 fps ∼46%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
9 fps ∼61% +32%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
3.8 fps ∼26% -44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (6.5 - 6.8, n=5)
6.6 fps ∼45% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=280, last 2 years)
14.8 fps ∼100% +118%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2 fps ∼20%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps ∼28% +40%
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1.4 fps ∼14% -30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  (2 - 2, n=5)
2 fps ∼20% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=279, last 2 years)
10.1 fps ∼100% +405%
Nokia 3.4Xiaomi Redmi Note 9Motorola Moto G9 PlaySamsung Galaxy A20sAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
36%
17%
-28%
-22%
62%
Sequential Read 256KB
301.9
306.57
2%
315.2
4%
298.23
-1%
274 (95.6 - 704, n=169)
-9%
752 (41.9 - 2037, n=285, last 2 years)
149%
Sequential Write 256KB
221.6
248.14
12%
187.2
-16%
90.59
-59%
178 (40 - 274, n=169)
-20%
327 (11.9 - 1321, n=285, last 2 years)
48%
Random Read 4KB
123.1
65.13
-47%
98.4
-20%
75.87
-38%
58.5 (11.4 - 149, n=169)
-52%
134 (13.5 - 325, n=285, last 2 years)
9%
Random Write 4KB
42.5
146.94
246%
96.1
126%
12.95
-70%
28.6 (3.4 - 147, n=169)
-33%
120 (4.97 - 330, n=285, last 2 years)
182%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
85.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.37 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
85.4 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
82.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
77.4 (21.1 - 108, n=144)
-10%
75.9 (13.4 - 154, n=175, last 2 years)
-12%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.4 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
63.51 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
65.3 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
65.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
58.3 (11.2 - 83.3, n=144)
-7%
58.2 (8.4 - 83.3, n=175, last 2 years)
-7%

Temperature

Max. Load
 43.2 °C
110 F
37 °C
99 F
34.6 °C
94 F
 
 42.3 °C
108 F
36.4 °C
98 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
 41.3 °C
106 F
36.8 °C
98 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 43.2 °C = 110 F
Average: 38 °C = 100 F
32.6 °C
91 F
36 °C
97 F
41.6 °C
107 F
34.9 °C
95 F
36 °C
97 F
39 °C
102 F
35.5 °C
96 F
37.5 °C
100 F
41 °C
106 F
Maximum: 41.6 °C = 107 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.2 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.6 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.4 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.9332533.730312524.54029.325.9503328.16325.625.68020.817.510022.620.512515.315.516014.2232001231.42501140.431510.845.74009.348.35009.854.46301160.580011.264.1100012.865.2125013.665.9160012.866.4200012.764250013.861.8315014.364.440001566.9500015.764.1630016.761.9800017.663.61000018.465.81250019.360.31600020.142.3SPL66.366.326.976.3N18.719.50.736.7median 13.8median 61.8Delta2.711.142.836.537.531.829.33031.93437.836.229.126.719.52119.920.216.522.814.832.213.131.112.540.310.847.110.550.914.852.21455.613.459.713.565.912.166.211.770.41272.213.169.413.574.114.56915.467.816.367.816.971.817.870.218.463.119.248.869.771.626.681.525.524.90.846.5median 14median 63.11.913hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNokia 3.4Samsung Galaxy A20s
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nokia 3.4 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 57% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy A20s audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 72% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 19% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 82% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Nokia 3.4
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
5020 mAh
Motorola Moto G9 Play
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A20s
4000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
843
867
3%
962
14%
812
-4%
898 (425 - 2000, n=295, last 2 years)
7%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
14h 03min

Pros

+ Android One
+ quite a lot of performance
+ decent runtimes
+ good sound

Cons

- blurred camera images
- outdated security patches
- strong heating under load

Verdict - Nokia 3.4 with only one weakness

In test: Nokia 3.4. Test device provided by Nokia Germany.
In test: Nokia 3.4. Test device provided by Nokia Germany.

Nokia's 3.4 looks chic, is not too heavy for its size, and comes with a certain future-proofing with Android One, which is otherwise often searched for in vain in inexpensive smartphones. The battery runtimes are good, the device offers a decent performance level and the speakers are not bad at all.

However, Nokia only delivers standard fare for the price range in many areas. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 9 in particular is ahead in many areas, for example in screen resolution or WLAN speed.

The Nokia 3.4 is a good and inexpensive smartphone whose most obvious weakness is the camera.

We could hardly determine any serious weaknesses in our test, apart from the camera, which is only really suitable for snapshots at most. If that does not bother you, you will get a solid device from the lower mid-range.

Price and availability

The Nokia 3.4 with 64 GB of mass storage is available from 145 Euros at the time of testing. Among others, at Amazon, Cyberport or notebooksbilliger.de.

Nokia 3.4 - 12/22/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
39 / 70 → 56%
Weight
90%
Battery
90%
Display
83%
Games Performance
10 / 64 → 15%
Application Performance
59 / 86 → 69%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
62 / 90 → 69%
Camera
51%
Average
70%
76%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 861 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
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