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Samsung Galaxy M34 5G smartphone review – The king of endurance for US$330

Marathon runner clad in plastic. After a year-long break, the Samsung Galaxy M devices have returned as an affordable mid-range series. The Galaxy M34 5G features a massive 6,000-mAh battery, a 120-Hz screen and super speedy storage. In this review, you can find out whether its comeback was a success.
Samsung Galaxy M34

What happened to Samsung's Galaxy-M series in 2023? Not a single new model was released, giving the impression that Samsung forgot about its second mid-range series—next to the Galaxy-A smartphones.

But right at the beginning of 2024, Samsung has gone on the offensive, releasing several new devices. One of these is the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G which, at least visually, differs quite a bit from the 2022 Galaxy M33 5G.

At the same time, the smartphone is cheaper than its predecessor and features a larger battery. We will now be taking a closer look at whether the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G has taken a step forward or backwards, and for whom the phone is worth buying.

Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Processor
Samsung Exynos 1280 8 x 2 - 2.4 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
Display
6.50 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 396 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 100 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n77/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.8 x 161.7 x 77.2 ( = 0.35 x 6.37 x 3.04 in)
Battery
6000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 25-watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, OIS, LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​30fps (Camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.2, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, IP67-certified, SAR: 0.372W/​kg Head, 1.28W/​kg Body , fanless, waterproof
Weight
208 g ( = 7.34 oz / 0.46 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
289 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
83.7 %
02/2024
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4
208 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"2340x1080
81 %
07/2022
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4
198 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
82.2 %
11/2023
Motorola Moto G84
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
166.8 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"2400x1080
78.2 %
04/2023
Telekom T Phone Pro
Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2
215 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.82"1640x720
78.5 %
06/2023
Honor X8a
Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2
179 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.70"2388x1080

Case – Well-made plastic

While the back of its predecessor featured a matte and shiny design, the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G has a reflective back—which you can get in black, light blue or dark blue. The case is made from plastic. Fingerprints have it easy and even after a few minutes of use, you begin to notice them accumulate. This makes frequent cleaning a must, unless you want to use the phone with a case.

The camera module looks completely different to the Galaxy M33 from 2022. The current device fits very well into Samsung's modernized design language featuring individual lenses. You can also see this in its top-of-the-range model, the Samsung Galaxy S24. Whether you like this will simply come down to personal taste.

Weighing 208 grams, the Galaxy M34 5G is 10 grams heavier than its predecessor and for an affordable mid-range phone, it has a good amount of heft to it. Fans of lightweight smartphones will have to look elsewhere.

The smartphone is built well and it also features great stability: You can barely twist the device and firm pressure doesn't cause any noises. The case is IP67-certified which means you can even take the Galaxy M34 with you on short dives into shallow freshwater without it getting damaged.

Samsung Galaxy M34
Samsung Galaxy M34
Samsung Galaxy M34
Samsung Galaxy M34
Samsung Galaxy M34

Size comparison

173.9 mm / 6.85 inch 77.4 mm / 3.05 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 215 g0.474 lbs165.4 mm / 6.51 inch 76.9 mm / 3.03 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs161.7 mm / 6.37 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs160 mm / 6.3 inch 74.4 mm / 2.93 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 166.8 g0.3677 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity – Fast storage and a microSD slot

The manufacturer has adopted the phone's 128 GB UFS-2.2 flash storage from its predecessor. This means the phone is about class-average in this aspect. Its 6 GB RAM is enough for everyday use and is also standard within this price range—even though Motorola has shown that you can install more RAM for the same price with its Moto G84.

Our test device features a 3.5-mm audio jack, supports NFC for contactless payments, and masters current Bluetooth 5.3.

There are two nano-SIM-card slots, whereby one can alternatively be used to insert a microSD, letting you expand the phone's storage.

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

microSD card reader

The device's card reader accepts microSD cards up to 1 TB in size. In our test, it proved to be comparatively speedy using our reference microSD card Angelbird V60, but it couldn't come close to taking advantage of the professional card's possible transfer rates.

When evaluating the CPDT benchmark, we noticed a very similar pattern to its predecessor: Its transfer rates fluctuate greatly in short intervals, but are slightly higher overall than comparable devices.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
48.5 MB/s +23%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
39.5 MB/s
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
34.38 MB/s -13%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
17.72 MB/s -55%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy M34 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø44.6 (32.8-58.5)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø43.3 (29.4-63.5)
Motorola Moto G84 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø39.1 (31.5-48.4)
Telekom T Phone Pro Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø38.5 (26.1-50.3)
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø80.6 (43.6-108.2)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø84.6 (44.2-109.8)
Motorola Moto G84 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø78.1 (26.1-83.5)
Telekom T Phone Pro Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø67.8 (35.5-78.8)

Software – OneUI with few preinstalled apps

Android 13 is the preinstalled operating system with Samsung's in-house OneUI 5.1 interface overlaid. The latest security patch was from 1st September 2023 which, at the time of writing, is over a quarter of a year old—although Samsung promises quarterly updates for this phone according to its website. The manufacturer hasn't given any information on how long this will be the case for the Galaxy-M models. It will supposedly receive one to two bigger Android updates and its predecessor has just received an update to Android 14.

Aside from its own design language and modified settings structure, the system also uses artificial intelligence in order to make suggestions during use. It can, for example, make music suggestions, among other things.

Samsung has mostly avoided installing third-party apps, which leads to a relatively clean system. However, the system does feature a few of Samsung's own apps such as Messages or the Galaxy Store, which both duplicate some of the additionally installed Google apps' functions. These also can't be completely deleted—just hidden.

Software Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Software Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Software Samsung Galaxy M34 5G

Communication and GNSS – WiFi 5 and 5G

The Samsung Galaxy M34 supports WiFi 5, but it can't be classed as one of the fastest devices. Especially when it came to sending, it proved to be slow during our test using the Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 as a reference router—its predecessor already showed similar issues.

All-in-all, WLAN can be used just fine on the device, connections are relatively stable, but other smartphones within this price range offer considerably faster data throughput.

A 5G modem for cellular connection is also installed and it supports all of the most import frequencies. Unfortunately, the Galaxy M34 isn't entirely a world phone, so you should check whether you can surf the web in your desired location prior to travelling.

Interestingly, the mobile reception icon is displayed even if you don't have a SIM card installed into the phone. This seems to be a software error. 

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone (34.8 - 1875, n=206, last 2 years)
649 MBit/s +102%
Telekom T Phone Pro
370 (362min - 371max) MBit/s +15%
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
344 (320min - 349max) MBit/s +7%
Honor X8a
333 (276min - 345max) MBit/s +4%
Motorola Moto G84
326 (319min - 333max) MBit/s +2%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
321 (303min - 332max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone (40.5 - 1810, n=207, last 2 years)
683 MBit/s +182%
Telekom T Phone Pro
373 (364min - 385max) MBit/s +54%
Honor X8a
367 (351min - 384max) MBit/s +52%
Motorola Moto G84
358 (334min - 370max) MBit/s +48%
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
264 (244min - 277max) MBit/s +9%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
242 (197min - 272max) MBit/s
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Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø321 (303-332)
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø242 (197-272)
GPS test outside
GPS test outside
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

The Samsung phone located quite quickly outside, but only with an accuracy of 6 meters. To do so, it uses all the important satellite networks—apart from SBAS which ensures even more accurate locating.

In our practical test, which consisted of a trip around the city (due to the winter weather we did this from the comfort of our car), the Galaxy M34 5G quickly proved to be an excellent navigation device.

It almost always correctly placed us on the street and if anything, it only showed some smaller inaccuracies. The phone even mastered more difficult parts of the trip, such as the turning point or driving over a bridge, with no issues.

Samsung Galaxy M34 location services – overview
Samsung Galaxy M34 location services – overview
Samsung Galaxy M34 location services – turning point
Samsung Galaxy M34 location services – turning point
Samsung Galaxy M34 location services – bridge
Samsung Galaxy M34 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 – Present conversations

Samsung uses its own telephone app which is constructed slightly differently from the standard Android one. However, you can also easily install and use this one from the Play Store after purchasing the device. Samsung's app works perfectly too and after finding your feet, you can easily find contacts or call numbers.

The phone's call quality is decent. We did note the occasional loss in sound, but it generally appears very present and you can understand the person on the other end of the call well. Our voice was transmitted well too—even if we didn't talk very loud.

You can also make calls via the hands-free microphone and loudspeaker with almost no restrictions, you just have to make sure to speak loud enough. Otherwise, the microphone struggles to transmit your voice.

Cameras – Good picture quality on the Galaxy M34 5G

Picture taken using front-facing camera
Picture taken using front-facing camera

Samsung has installed a 50-megapixel sensor onto the back of its phone and the two other lenses are a wide-angle camera with an 8-megapixel resolution and a 2-megapixel macro lens.

Photos taken on the main camera appear quite lightened and feature average levels of detail. Compared to high-end cameras, you can see clear deficits when you enlarge its photos: For example, the ice on the plant's leaves can only be recognized very roughly, whereas the iPhone 15 and Honor Magic5 Pro depict them in a lot more detail.

Even in low-light conditions with high contrast, the Galaxy M34 5G's pictures impress with their great brightness—but they often look a bit blurry and the candle flame was overexposed. 

Videos can be recorded in 4K at up to 30 fps, in Full HD even at 60 fps. The autofocus usually takes a few moments to adapt to new scenes, while the brightness adjusts quite quickly. The resulting videos look relatively good in total.

If you would like to use the wide-angle lens, then you will be surprised at how sharp the pictures end up being. Even so, smaller details such as the water level indicator on the other bank of the river cannot be seen.

A 13-megapixel front-facing camera, which is housed within a water drop notch, takes care of selfies. It takes well-lit photos which can also be enlarged a little, as enough detail is captured by the camera.

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 surroundingsMain camera low lightWide-angle camera
click to load images

The main camera also impressed in our test lab with optimal lighting, although some parts of the image appeared somewhat washed out. However, the contrast levels were good overall and the sharpness hardly dropped off towards the edges. In very low light, the image was still roughly recognizable.

ColorChecker
4.8 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
4 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
9 ∆E
3 ∆E
0.7 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M34 5G: 5.05 ∆E min: 0.68 - max: 9.26 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
51.5 ∆E
38.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
42.9 ∆E
56.6 ∆E
50.4 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
37.9 ∆E
28 ∆E
57.9 ∆E
59.7 ∆E
29.2 ∆E
45.4 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
68.1 ∆E
40.2 ∆E
40.8 ∆E
67.6 ∆E
66.4 ∆E
50.5 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M34 5G: 43.28 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 68.12 ∆E

Accessories and warranty – Delivered without a charger

Samsung doesn't deliver the Galaxy M34 5G with a power supply. The manufacturer charges about US$40 for the original charger but a weaker adapter can already be found for US$15. However, then you can't take advantage of the phone's full charging speed. During our test, our phone had no issues using chargers from different manufacturers.

The phone only comes delivered with a USB cable and a SIM tool. Samsung doesn't offer any accessories made specifically for this mid-range model. You can find protective cases from many third-party sellers online.

The Samsung phone is covered by a 24-month warranty. In addition to the dealer warranty, you can also contact the manufacturer's service centres in many larger cities—lots of repairs are even possible at a fixed price.

Input devices & operation – Precise fingerprint sensor

The display keyboard can be operated well and smoothly. If you would rather use a different app, there are plenty of keyboards to choose from in the Play Store that can be downloaded and set as your standard option.

The phone's screen is quite fast thanks to its refresh rate of 120 Hz, meaning it can be operated very promptly and reliably. It's sensitive right into the corners and it even responds to fine touches. 

A fingerprint sensor is integrated into the standby button on the right side of the device. The phone takes a few seconds to unlock after new fingerprints have been saved. After this, we placed our finger onto the sensor and the phone was immediately unlocked from standby mode. The smartphone also features facial recognition, although it sometimes takes a moment or two to recognize faces—but it works just as reliably.

Keyboard upright
Keyboard upright
Keyboard horizontal
Keyboard horizontal

Display – Bright 120-Hz AMOLED

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Super AMOLED screen has long been one of the strengths of many mid-range Samsung devices. The Galaxy M34 5G, too, features an OLED display with an extended Full HD resolution. It is 0.1 inches smaller than on its predecessor which only had an IPS screen.

Our current test device's screen is super bright with precise color depiction: It reaches up to 911 cd/m², which is comparable to the best devices within the price class.

Using an oscilloscope, you can see that the display flickers across all brightness levels: While it corresponds to its frame rate of 120 Hz at minimum brightness, it becomes significantly faster above this, measuring 240 Hz. Sensitive people may well experience some issues when using the phone. We would therefore recommend trying it out in-store before purchasing.

872
cd/m²
896
cd/m²
893
cd/m²
866
cd/m²
883
cd/m²
876
cd/m²
900
cd/m²
895
cd/m²
911
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 911 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 888 cd/m² Minimum: 1.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 883 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.76 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 1.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.6% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.109
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
IPS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Motorola Moto G84
P-OLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Telekom T Phone Pro
IPS, 1640x720, 6.82
Honor X8a
IPS, 2388x1080, 6.70
Screen
-124%
-11%
-155%
-20%
Brightness middle
883
545
-38%
894
1%
436
-51%
492
-44%
Brightness
888
530
-40%
889
0%
392
-56%
481
-46%
Brightness Distribution
95
92
-3%
94
-1%
85
-11%
94
-1%
Black Level *
0.5
0.28
0.38
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.76
5.02
-185%
1.1
37%
5.2
-195%
1.32
25%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.51
7.9
-215%
2.81
-12%
9.5
-278%
3.37
-34%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.6
5.8
-263%
3
-88%
7
-338%
1.9
-19%
Gamma
2.109 104%
2.399 92%
2.252 98%
2.29 96%
2.194 100%
CCT
6626 98%
7942 82%
7122 91%
8585 76%
6288 103%
Contrast
1090
1557
1295

* ... 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 detected 119.6 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 119.6 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 119.6 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18170 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum brightness
minimum brightness
25 % brightness
25 % brightness
50 % brightness
50 % brightness
75 % brightness
75 % brightness
100 % brightness
100 % brightness

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

We didn't measure a color tint using our CalMAN software and a spectral photometer. All-in-all, it reproduces gray tones and color very accurately—but you should make sure to select the profile "natural" which desaturates the colors ever so slightly.

The screen's response times are excellent, which should make even the most demanding users happy.

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
0.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.4 ms rise
↘ 0.4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.7 ms rise
↘ 0.8 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (34 ms).

Outside, the screen remains legible even in relatively direct sunlight, however, its reflectiveness makes it a little difficult to read from it. In bright surroundings, the phone screen can still be used well.

You can't complain when it comes to the phone's sideway viewing angles, either: The picture remains constant and only loses a tiny bit of contrast.

Picture taken outside
Picture taken outside
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – With the power of the Exynos

The Samsung Exynos 1280 was already used in its predecessor but within the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G, it is a little faster. This is likely due to driver and software optimizations. In any case, the smartphone offers great performance for its price class and it certainly needn't shy away.

On the other hand, the slightly older processor has not yet been optimized for AI calculations, which became noticeable in the corresponding benchmarks.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=213, last 2 years)
904 Points +22%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (736 - 751, n=5)
741 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
740 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
736 Points -1%
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
674 Points -9%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
284 Points -62%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=213, last 2 years)
2947 Points +45%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2031 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (1826 - 2042, n=5)
1936 Points -5%
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1839 Points -9%
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
1826 Points -10%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1132 Points -44%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=87, last 2 years)
1431 Points +49%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (961 - 976, n=2)
969 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
961 Points
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
911 Points -5%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
438 Points -54%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=87, last 2 years)
3924 Points +90%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (2061 - 2152, n=2)
2107 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2061 Points
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2058 Points 0%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1217 Points -41%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=150, last 2 years)
745069 Points +71%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
434975 Points
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
416086 Points -4%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (398969 - 434975, n=3)
414640 Points -5%
Telekom T Phone Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
334015 Points -23%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
13643 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (11077 - 13748, n=5)
12233 Points -10%
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
11732 Points -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=206, last 2 years)
11582 Points -15%
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
11228 Points -18%
Telekom T Phone Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
7854 Points -42%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
6789 Points -50%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=153, last 2 years)
5642 Points +52%
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3767 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3719 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (3477 - 3719, n=3)
3607 Points -3%
Telekom T Phone Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2779 Points -25%
System
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=153, last 2 years)
9556 Points +28%
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
8231 Points +11%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
7444 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (7157 - 7444, n=3)
7262 Points -2%
Telekom T Phone Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
4888 Points -34%
Memory
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12306, n=153, last 2 years)
6148 Points +71%
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
4179 Points +16%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (3604 - 3855, n=3)
3763 Points +4%
Telekom T Phone Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3685 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3604 Points
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=153, last 2 years)
13691 Points +160%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
5274 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (5104 - 5274, n=3)
5185 Points -2%
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
4346 Points -18%
Telekom T Phone Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2599 Points -51%
Web
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=153, last 2 years)
1479 Points +9%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
1352 Points
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1348 Points 0%
Telekom T Phone Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1274 Points -6%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (1041 - 1352, n=3)
1201 Points -11%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=140, last 2 years)
22624 Points +369%
Telekom T Phone Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
9243 Points +92%
Motorola Moto G84
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
5758 Points +19%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4825 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (4126 - 4988, n=4)
4545 Points -6%

The Mali-G68 MP4 as a graphics chip secured the Galaxy M34 5G quite a few first places in the graphics benchmarks within the comparison field.

In Full HD, most applications should run smoothly. Only those who wish to view even higher resolutions might run into some problems. 

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
624 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
576 Points -8%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
352 Points -44%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
318 Points -49%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
156 Points -75%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
639 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
596 Points -7%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
361 Points -44%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
324 Points -49%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
188 Points -71%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2285 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2119 Points -7%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1193 Points -48%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
1166 Points -49%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
622 Points -73%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2321 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2120 Points -9%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1203 Points -48%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
1175 Points -49%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
697 Points -70%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2846 Points +2%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2824 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2777 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2540 Points -9%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3955 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3702 Points -6%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2713 Points -31%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2296 Points -42%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3614 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3360 Points -7%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2741 Points -24%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2396 Points -34%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
3532 Points +6%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3506 Points +5%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3327 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3041 Points -9%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2478 Points -26%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4040 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3678 Points -9%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2968 Points -27%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2329 Points -42%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1231 Points -70%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3856 Points
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3514 Points -9%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3073 Points -20%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2520 Points -35%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1386 Points -64%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
85 fps
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
83 fps -2%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
59 fps -31%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
34 fps -60%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
95 fps
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
93 fps -2%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
62 fps -35%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
38 fps -60%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
59 fps
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
56 fps -5%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
42 fps -29%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
19 fps -68%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
60 fps
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
47 fps -22%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
38 fps -37%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
21 fps -65%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
45 fps +22%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
37 fps
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps -19%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps -65%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
41 fps
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps -17%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
13 fps -68%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps -68%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
23 fps +15%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps -15%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
7.4 fps -63%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
24 fps
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps -17%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
15 fps -37%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
8.7 fps -64%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
17 fps +6%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps -12%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps -25%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
4.8 fps -70%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
10 fps
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
9.4 fps -6%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.8 fps -22%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
6 fps -40%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
3.2 fps -68%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
26 fps +8%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
24 fps
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
21 fps -12%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps -21%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
7.5 fps -69%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
27 fps
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
24 fps -11%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
21 fps -22%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
15 fps -44%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
8.2 fps -70%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4.4 fps
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4.1 fps -7%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3.5 fps -20%
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2 fps -55%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1.5 fps -66%

The Galaxy smartphone also performed quite well in our browser tests. In practice, this means that even more complex pages load quite quickly. Although images aren't always available immediately when scrolling, they load quite quickly.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=166, last 2 years)
104.3 Points +2%
Motorola Moto G84 (Chrome 118)
102.69 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G (Chrome 120)
101.961 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1280 (63.5 - 102, n=4)
82.3 Points -19%
Telekom T Phone Pro (Chrome 112)
52.47 Points -49%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=150, last 2 years)
104.4 runs/min +41%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G (Chrome 120)
74.2 runs/min
Motorola Moto G84 (Chrome 118)
72.6 runs/min -2%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280 (48 - 74.3, n=4)
61.9 runs/min -17%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Average Samsung Exynos 1280 (106 - 109, n=2)
107.5 Points +1%
Motorola Moto G84 (Chrome 118)
107 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G (Chrome 120)
106 Points
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=145, last 2 years)
98.3 Points -7%
Telekom T Phone Pro (Chrome 112)
59 Points -44%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=200, last 2 years)
33470 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G (Chrome 120)
32718 Points
Motorola Moto G84 (Chrome 118)
30733 Points -6%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280 (24159 - 32736, n=4)
28534 Points -13%
Telekom T Phone Pro (Chrome 112)
17266 Points -47%
Honor X8a (Chrome 114)
9404 Points -71%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Telekom T Phone Pro (Chrome 112)
2349 ms * -83%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=163, last 2 years)
1655 ms * -29%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280 (1244 - 1920, n=4)
1576 ms * -23%
Motorola Moto G84 (Chrome 118)
1309.3 ms * -2%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
1281.6 ms *

* ... smaller is better

The Galaxy M34's UFS-2.2 storage performs similarly to most of the test devices when it comes to transfer rates. Only Telekom's T Phone Pro shows that even faster storage is possible.

But in any case, its data transfers are speedy and loading times are kept short.

Samsung Galaxy M34 5GSamsung Galaxy M33 5GMotorola Moto G84Telekom T Phone ProHonor X8aAverage 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-30%
-4%
8%
-66%
6%
85%
Sequential Read 256KB
520
505.2
-3%
506.9
-3%
948
82%
278.1
-47%
708 ?(303 - 1038, n=59)
36%
1437 ?(215 - 4512, n=207, last 2 years)
176%
Sequential Write 256KB
493
396.6
-20%
511.5
4%
455
-8%
224.2
-55%
517 ?(105.3 - 903, n=59)
5%
1053 ?(57.5 - 3643, n=207, last 2 years)
114%
Random Read 4KB
205.1
89.3
-56%
195.8
-5%
141
-31%
61.6
-70%
187.1 ?(89.3 - 297, n=59)
-9%
239 ?(22.2 - 543, n=207, last 2 years)
17%
Random Write 4KB
197.4
113.8
-42%
174.7
-11%
173
-12%
18.7
-91%
181 ?(68.8 - 419, n=59)
-8%
263 ?(13 - 709, n=207, last 2 years)
33%

Games – Gaming at 60 fps only possible sometimes

You can play games quite well on the Galaxy M34 5G, but you can only expect 60 fps when running very simple ones: PUBG Mobile doesn't even offer any frame rates above 30 and in Genshin Impact, you only have a chance to hit 60 fps every now and then with the details kept to a minimum. Even so, these high frame rates can never be kept for long.

Genshin Impact doesn't run very smoothly with very high details—even though the frame rates balance out at 30 fps after a while, we still noted visible micro-stutters. We tested the smartphone's gaming performance using software from GameBench.

Controlling games via the phone's touchscreen and position sensor works very reliably.

Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps; 4.3.0_19705728_19706476: Ø33.7 (15-61)
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps; 4.3.0_19705728_19706476: Ø33.7 (14-46)
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 3.0.0: Ø29.9 (28-31)
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; PUBG Mobile; HD; 3.0.0: Ø29.7 (27-31)

Emissions – No throttling during use

Temperature

We measured temperatures up to 43.8 °C after subjecting the smartphone to a longer stress test. In everyday use, the phone should rarely hit these temperatures and even if it does, they aren't really critical.

Furthermore, the phone isn't throttled under longer periods of load, as the 3DMark stress test showed.

Max. Load
 42.6 °C
109 F
40.1 °C
104 F
31.8 °C
89 F
 
 43.8 °C
111 F
35.6 °C
96 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
 43.1 °C
110 F
35 °C
95 F
32.3 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 43.8 °C = 111 F
Average: 37.4 °C = 99 F
32 °C
90 F
35.4 °C
96 F
42 °C
108 F
32 °C
90 F
35.3 °C
96 F
43.1 °C
110 F
31.6 °C
89 F
36.3 °C
97 F
41.3 °C
106 F
Maximum: 43.1 °C = 110 F
Average: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.5 °C = 109 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 37.4 °C / 99 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 43.8 °C / 111 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 43.1 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.6 °C / 78 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 G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 % 0%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.5 %
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
99.2 % 0%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
83 % -17%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Telekom T Phone Pro
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
99.2 % +1%
Motorola Moto G84
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99 % 0%
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
98.6 %
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
81.8 % -17%
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Samsung Galaxy M34 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø3.84 (3.8-3.86)
Motorola Moto G84 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø2.15 (2.14-2.16)
Telekom T Phone Pro Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.954 (1.947-1.963)
Honor X8a Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.011 (0.932-1.14)
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.9 (13.9-13.9)
Motorola Moto G84 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.2 (7.19-7.22)
Honor X8a Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø3.9 (3.73-4.49)
Telekom T Phone Pro Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.01 (7.01-7.06)
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Speakers

The small speaker along the bottom of the device has to make do by itself, meaning the Galaxy M34 only features mono sound. It does sound comparatively powerful, as Samsung emphasizes the low mids. In addition, the speaker reaches a good maximum volume, allowing you to fill a medium-sized room with sound.

Real sound enthusiasts will still prefer to use headphones—these can be connected via the 3.5-mm jack or Bluetooth. Samsung only supports the most important wireless codecs and the only one that is reasonably suitable for Hi-Res is its own SSC, which not all headsets support.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.239.32530.333.43124.123.54031.428.55037.332.86325.922.58019.516.310016.516.512513.727.916013.7392009.2432508.3483156.754.9400761.35008.864.26308.362.48008.965.4100010.772.212508.772.416009.174.320009.772.8250010.669.2315011.368.340001275.2500012.972630013.775.1800014.4711000015.366.2125001659.2160001758.5SPL23.983.8N0.556.9median 10.7median 65.4Delta2.7114345.835.436.432.530.435343837.128.526.221.121.42123.420.925.719.730.614.732.713.638.811.945.112.653.214.458.414.562.115.667.412.573.112.873.411.169.811.966.211.959.513.161.814.468.215.968.915.960.916.366.11772.21766.617.648.726.580.30.845.3median 14.5median 61.82.211.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy M34 5GHonor X8a
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 49% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Honor X8a audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 61% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 77% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life – Quite impressive

Power consumption

The Samsung Galaxy M34 5G doesn't handle its power very frugally; it uses considerably more than the comparison devices under load, in particular.

You can use a maximum of 25 watts to charge the phone back up again. As the battery doesn't exactly have little capacity, it can take 3 hours or longer until the device is charged fully.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1 / 1.2 / 1.7 Watt
Load midlight 4.5 / 8.4 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.
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
6000 mAh
Motorola Moto G84
5000 mAh
Telekom T Phone Pro
5000 mAh
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
14%
1%
-2%
-5%
Idle Minimum *
1
1
-0%
0.61
39%
0.945 ?(0.88 - 1, n=4)
5%
0.894 ?(0.42 - 2.37, n=157, last 2 years)
11%
Idle Average *
1.2
1.3
-8%
2.05
-71%
1.368 ?(1.2 - 1.5, n=4)
-14%
1.449 ?(0.69 - 4.26, n=157, last 2 years)
-21%
Idle Maximum *
1.7
1.4
18%
2.15
-26%
1.63 ?(1.52 - 1.7, n=4)
4%
1.631 ?(0.79 - 4.45, n=157, last 2 years)
4%
Load Average *
4.5
3.5
22%
3.34
26%
5.05 ?(4.5 - 5.7, n=4)
-12%
5.47 ?(2.4 - 16.5, n=157, last 2 years)
-22%
Load Maximum *
8.4
5
40%
5.4
36%
7.66 ?(6.62 - 8.4, n=4)
9%
8.22 ?(4.32 - 20.8, n=157, last 2 years)
2%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø5.01 (1.082-8.35)
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.31 (1.146-2.03)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø4.39 (4.05-5.55)
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.31 (1.146-2.03)

Runtimes

According to the manufacturer, the battery has a 6,000-mAh capacity, which is a lot more than the comparison devices.

And in practice, the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G achieves good runtimes that are much better than its predecessor: You can surf the web for 17:44 hours or watch pre-downloaded films for 20 hours. So, if you are looking to watch the cinematic release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, then you can expect to do so twice before the battery runs out.

Its values aren't as good under load, which shows that the smartphone is quite power-hungry during demanding applications.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
35h 55min
WiFi Websurfing
17h 44min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
20h 03min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 46min
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
6000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G84
5000 mAh
Telekom T Phone Pro
5000 mAh
Honor X8a
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-19%
-11%
-20%
-13%
Reader / Idle
2155
1997
-7%
H.264
1203
1002
-17%
WiFi v1.3
1064
859
-19%
908
-15%
851
-20%
927
-13%
Load
286
277
-3%

Pros

+ high stamina
+ precise location services
+ bright and color-accurate OLED...
+ ... with a refresh rate up to 120 Hz
+ IP-certified case
+ not many apps preinstalled
+ good performance
+ quick fingerprint sensor
+ good mono speaker
+ isn't throttled under load

Cons

- case attracts dirt
- no binding update promise
- screen's PWM flickering
- no power supply included in scope of delivery
- high consumption under load
- few Bluetooth codecs

Verdict – Happy to be reunited

Samsung Galaxy M34 5G review.
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G review.

Samsung's Galaxy-M series is back and it seems that it has used its break to create an improved mid-range smartphone for under US$350—the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G.

Its case features a completely new design and although it won't win any innovation prizes, it is certainly suitable for office use thanks to its discreet appearance. You should just think about purchasing a protective case for the phone so you don't get plagued by constant fingerprint marks which collect on the back. An IP certification keeps the phone safe during voluntary (or accidental) dips into the water.

Its storage capacity is sufficient and if required, you can expand it with the help of a microSD card. The software benefits from not having too much bloatware installed. The Galaxy-M smartphones haven't been given a real update promise, but you can safely expect to at least see Android 14 and—if you take a look at the predecessor models—there will probably be a good few years of security updates.

The phone's location services are very accurate, its cameras take decent photos for the price range and its bright AMOLED screen with accurate color depiction sure is nice to look at. However, only if you don't react sensitively to PWM flickering. Its performance is good and its runtimes are impressive.  

It's a little annoying that the device doesn't come delivered with a power supply and if Samsung managed to keep its high consumption rates under load in check, then the phone could manage even longer in between charges.

The Samsung Galaxy M34 5G is back in full swing as a mid-range series, offering a lower price, good connectivity and lots of stamina and in turn, making us happy to be reunited.

The Motorola Moto G84 is slimmer and more attractive—you can even get the phone in bright pink, if you want. The Telekom T Phone Pro can be charged wirelessly and also brings good runtimes to the table, however, at the cost of a dimmer display.

Price and availability

At the time of writing, the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G is not yet available to purchase in the United States.

Samsung Galaxy M34 5G - 01/30/2024 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
65%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
52%
Weight
88%
Battery
92 / 86 → 100%
Display
92%
Games Performance
41%
Application Performance
72 / 90 → 80%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
75%
Camera
64%
Average
78%
84%
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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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > Reviews > Samsung Galaxy M34 5G smartphone review – The king of endurance for US$330
Florian Schmitt, 2024-02- 2 (Update: 2024-02- 2)