OPPO has released two versions of the Reno8 T. There’s a 4G LTE model, and the one we have here, the Reno8 T 5G.
Today, we’ll see which of the two should you go with or if this one is worth considering at all. Let’s begin our OPPO Reno8 T 5G review to find out.
OPPO Reno8 T 5G Specs
- Android 13, ColorOS 13
- Dual SIM, Dual standby
- 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 2412 x 1080 pixel resolution, 394ppi
- 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate
- 950-nits peak brightness
- 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G octa-core processor
- 8GB RAM
- Adreno 619 GPU
- 256GB UFS 2.2 internal storage, expandable via microSD
- 32-megapixel front camera
- 108-megapixel (f/1.7) + 2-megapixel (macro) + 2-megapixel (depth sensor) rear cameras, LED flash
- Under-display fingerprint scanner
- Stereo speakers
- No headphone jack
- HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
- Bluetooth 5.1
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS
- USB Type-C
- Dimensions: 162.3 x 74.3 x 7.7mm
- Weight: 171g
- Colors: Dawn Gold, Black Starlight
- 4,800mAh non-removable battery, 67W SuperVOOC charging
Design and Build Quality
Having curved screens really make any smartphone look and feel premium, and the Reno8 T 5G is no exception. The display looks really gorgeous as it melts on the sides. Plus, it feels really comfortable in the hands.
The device is also really light at only 171g and thin at only 7.7mm. It’s so good in the hands it’s a shame to put a case on it. However, we still suggest you use the free thin black rubber case if you have butter fingers. Also, it adds more grip as the Reno 8 T 5G can feel a bit slippery.
It’s a solid and well-built device with no creaking sound when we tried flexing it. The chrome chassis feels really sturdy, and the back panel is really smooth. The unique material and color also keep it clean from fingerprint smudges.
The color that we have here is Midnight Black which shimmers with light. It might appear boring, but personally, it actually looks more elegant than the Sunrise Gold option.
You can also see the camera bump that has two huge lenses. The first one is for the 108-megapixel camera while the second is shared by the two 2-megapixel sensors and the LED flash.
Going back to the front, there’s a large 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a punch-hole for the selfie camera. Thanks to the OLED panel, the bezels look really thin.
The left side has the volume controls, adjacent to the lock/power button at the right. While the buttons look small and thin, they are very clicky.
On the top, there’s the second microphone for voice isolation and the extra speaker.
At the bottom, there’s the main loudspeaker, USB Type-C, primary microphone, and the hybrid SIM slot that can house two nano SIMs or one SIM and a microSD card.
Overall, the OPPO Reno8 T 5G nailed the build and design department. It looks good and it feels solid. No complaints here.
Display and Sound Quality
The OPPO Reno8 T 5G boasts a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling, and a peak brightness of 950 nits.
The display quality is unsurprisingly good. Like other phones with AMOLED screens, the colors are vibrant, the contrast is deep, and the outdoor performance of the screen brightness is passable.
We also appreciate how the high refresh rate made the interface and select apps look smoother.
The sound quality is impressive. The audio sounds full, clear, and pleasant in the ears. Plus, the volume can get really load as you can push it to 200%.
Hardware and Performance
Powering the OPPO Reno8 T 5G is the 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 octa-core processor with Adreno 619 GPU, 256GB of UFS 2.2 expandable storage, and 8GB of RAM. It’s quite a disappointing chipset choice for the price, but it’s not the most expensive either (looking at you, Nokia).
OPPO Reno8 T 5G benchmark scores
Our experience with the Snapdragon 695 on other phones is the same on this one. It feels really fast and smooth in pretty much any app, but it does suffer with the occasional stutters, similar to other devices with the same configuration.
The Reno8 T 5G handled games really well. We played Call of Duty Mobile under high graphics settings at the max frame rates. The game ran smoothly with no noticeable lags. Plus, the chipset stayed cool even after 30+ minutes of gaming. Other titles like Mobile Legends, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Asphalt 9 are also playable without issues.
Software and User Interface
Just like other 2023 OPPO phones, the Reno8 T 5G ships with an Android 13-based ColorOS 13 operating system. The interface is definitely not the cleanest we’ve seen, but it still feels streamlined considering all the new features Google introduced with their latest mobile operating system.
It offers tons of customization features from font style to fingerprint animation.
With the OLED panel, you can enable Edge Lighting, which only lights up the edges of the screen when you receive notifications. OPPO also offers tons of Always-On Display (AOD) customizations like using your own likeness as a Bitmoji wallpaper or a sketch of your face with a feature called Canvas.
Android Auto is also here if your car’s infotainment system supports it. Screencasting and Wireless printing is also available.
You can also customize how notifications are displayed on the lock screen. Enabling Smart notification hiding lets the user hide the notification when the front camera detects that someone other than the owner is looking at the screen.
Safety and emergency features let you access the emergency call page when you press the power button 5 times, automatically send Emergency SOS, and more.
Also onboard are Split screen mode, flexible windows, and Quick Return for better multitasking. Smart Sidebar, Kid Space, and Simple mode are also here.
Android’s Digital well-being and parental controls are present, too.
Most people like the standard navigation buttons. Personally, I like the gesture controls, especially on curved screens.
For better accessibility, you can enable Assistive Ball in the settings. The device also offers a one-handed mode by swiping down from the bottom of the screen.
The camera app is similar to previous ColorOS versions. You can access all the settings you’d need easily. OPPO also opted for Google Keyboard as default, which is fine, albeit it’s quite annoying that the ñ letter is part of the layout, which leads to wrong presses on the second row. You can easily disable this on the keyboard’s settings.
Overall, we’re satisfied with the interface of the Reno8 T 5G. It offers enough features to complement the hardware.
The OPPO Reno8 T 5G boasts comes with a pixel-packed 108-megapixel main camera with a 1/1.67-inch sensor, 1.92μm pixel size, and a bright f/1.7 aperture.
Unfortunately, it lacks an ultra-wide lens, but it does have one trick up its sleeves: a 2-megapixel microscope that can do 40x zoom. Also here is a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
The main camera takes fine photos but definitely not the best. The images look colorful and ready for online sharing, although at times, images would look a bit too much. The reds and greens look really saturated.
What’s weird is, there are actually a few times when images would have washed out colors. The same with contrast: sometimes it’s really deep, and sometimes it looks pale. Lowlight is passable, too.
The 2-megapixel microscope looks like a novelty since it’s quite hard to find a use for it. But if you can, it actually works well. It offers 20x and 40x of microscopic zoom, letting you zoom in on displays to see individual pixels, examine the pins of a hard drive, and more.
We also have the 2-megapixel depth sensor. If you’re patient enough, it can take clean bokeh shot with good edge detection. We also noticed that you could ignore the “Move further away” notice as it can still take portrait shots fine.
On the front is a 32-megapixel camera, which takes well-detailed selfies under good lighting. Details look a little worse indoors, but still passable. Selfies using the display flash are also decent.
Bottomline is, the front and main camera on the back have great potential as they have the right hardware. With a little bit of creativity, you can do a lot with it.
The Reno8 T 5G has dual-band WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, USB Type-C, USB Type-C port, and NFC connectivity for supported accessories and cashless payments.
All worked fine during our tests with stable speeds, but if you’re running on limited data, expect fast draining over 5G. Take note that 5G could also drain the battery faster.
The OPPO Reno8 T 5G has a 4,800mAh battery. It’s smaller than the usual 5,000mAh capacity that most midrange phones have, which is fine considering how it made the device thin and light.
In addition, the battery performance is actually quite decent. It managed to last for up to 12 hours and 18 minutes on PCMark’s battery test with the screen brightness and volume at 50% with WiFi and Bluetooth off.
In real-world use, we were able to end the day with 40% to 45% left after using it for social media browsing, watching videos, and playing games over WiFi. But after spending a whole day outside browsing the web through 5G, taking pictures, and listening to music on a pair of wireless earphones, we ended with about 20% to 25%.
But if it does run out of juice before you get home, don’t worry, as the Reno 8 T 5G comes with 67W SuperVOOC charging. In our test, a 30-minute charge from 20% managed to take us to 81%, another 20 minutes and it reached 97%. A full charge took less than an hour.
The OPPO Reno8 T 5G offers reliable performance, fast connectivity, decent battery life, and fast charging — which makes it an overall great daily driver.
However, while the Snapdragon 695 managed to achieve satisfactory performance, it’s still a poor choice for a smartphone at this price point. In addition, while the camera hardware shows potential, it’s hindered by the image processing of the software.
If you can get past by these limitations, and you don’t mind the price, the Reno8 T 5G actually offers a satisfying experience and a worthy alternative to the 4G version.
OPPO Reno 8 T 5G price and availability in the Philippines
The OPPO Reno 8 T 5G was launched in the Philippines in early March and will be available on the 9th for a price of Php23,999. If that’s beyond your budget, you can also check the Reno 8 T 4G.
- Sleek, premium, comfortable design
- Smooth, vibrant, curved display
- Loud and punchy stereo speakers
- Decent performance
- Fast charging
- Disappointing chipset for the price
- Camera processing could be better