Last year, Oppo Qatar unveiled the Oppo Reno 8 5G Qatar and Reno 8 Pro 5G in Qatar and other markets. The company has expanded the Reno 8 family, by announcing the Reno 8T 5G (stylized as Reno8 T 5G) earlier this month in Qatar.
Interestingly, the Reno 8T 5G Qatar is priced at QAR 1499 (~$363), which is the same as the launch price of the Reno 8 5G. While the Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro both phones were available for purchase through Alanees Qatar website at the time of writing this post.
The Reno series has always offered an impressive design, and the same can be seen on the Reno 8T 5G Qatar . The slim-bodied phone has a curved-edge AMOLED display on the front and an attractive rear shell. It is the company’s first Oppo phone for markets outside of China to feature a 108-megapixel camera.
In Qatar , the Reno 8T 5G faces competition from four phones, such as the iQOO Neo 7 and Redmi Note 12 Pro+, which launched recently, and the OnePlus Nord 2T and Nothing Phone (1) from July 2022. Each of these phones has its strengths and weaknesses, and it is not easy to conclude which one is the best device among these.
I have already shared my opinion about the Reno 8 5G (review) and the Reno 8 Pro 5G (review), and now here’s my take on the Reno 8T 5G after using it for around 3 to 4 weeks.
Oppo Reno 8T 5G Qatar review: What’s in the box?
The OPPO Reno 8 Pro 5G Qatar retail package has the following contents:
- Oppo Reno 8 Pro handset
- Transparent case
- SIM ejector tool
- 80W charger
- USB-C to USB-A cable
- User manual
- Safety Guide
Design and Display Qatar
|Size – 162.3 x 74.3 x 7.7mm||6.7-inch AMOLED display||394 ppi pixel density|
|Weight – 171 grams||1080 x 2412 pixels (FHD+)||93% screen-to-body ratio|
|No IP rating||20:9 aspect ratio||100% sRGB ratio|
|120Hz refresh rate||100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut|
|Color variants||360Hz touch sampling rate||10000:1 contrast ratio|
|Midnight Black||10-bit colors||Widevine L1 support|
|Sunrise Gold||Up to 950 nits of brightness||AGC DT-Star 2|
The OPPO Reno 8T 5G Qatar is easily one of the best-looking phones in its price segment. The Sunrise Gold edition that I was provided for review, which I think looks better than the black variant. The device weighs 171 grams and has a slim profile of 7.7mm, which makes it very comfortable to hold.
The Reno 8T 5G Qatar has a polycarbonate back with a matte finish, which does not attract fingerprint marks and smudges. Depending on how the light hits it, the back shell glows in different colors. There is a glittery portion running below the camera module, which adds to its beauty. The 8T’s back panel looks even more attractive outdoors.
The main camera is in the first camera ring, and the rest of the cameras and the LED flash are in the second camera ring. The camera bump is easy to spot. While the phone looks beautiful, I would advise buyers to use the provided TPU case to keep its beauty intact. It features a plastic frame with a metallic shine.
The volume buttons are available on the left edge, and a power key is on the right. The top edge has a speaker hole and a microphone, whereas the opposite end has a hybrid SIM slot, a microphone, a USB-C port, and a speaker grille. The fingerprint scanner is integrated under the display of the device. I feel that its position is slightly higher, but there is nothing inconvenient about it. It should, in my opinion, be located just above the virtual home button. The earpiece is available on the top bezel of the device.
The Reno 8T 5G Qatar has an AMOLED display with curved edges and a centrally positioned punch-hole. The bottom bezel (which measures only 2.32mm) and forehead are slim and almost symmetrical. Thanks to the display curvature, the side bezels seem almost nonexistent. The company claims that it offers a 93.5 percent screen space.
The 6.7-inch AMOLED screen of the Reno 8T 5G produces FHD+ resolution and up to 120Hz refresh rate support. The color reproduction is fine, and it feels good to watch HD content on OTT platforms on the device. The Widevine L1 certification allows users to view HD content on Netflix and Prime Video, but there is no support for HDR on YouTube. The Reno 8 5G only had one speaker, but the Reno 8T 5G has dual speakers with stereo output. The audio output is quite good, and there is Ultra Volume Mode, which boosts the speakers’ level by 200 percent.
With a maximum brightness of 950 nits, Reno 8T 5G users will have no trouble viewing the display contents outside. When it comes to color profiles, the Reno 8T 5G offers options like Vivid and Natural. The colors appear more saturated on Vivid. The refresh rate options available on the 8T include 60Hz and 120Hz. There is no auto-switch mode onboard.
The Reno 8 and 8 Pro came with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, but the Reno 8T comes with AGC DT-Star 2 glass protection by Dragontrail, which does not seem inferior. While it is an upper mid-range device, Oppo has gone ahead and offered a flagship-grade display on the 8T.
Performance and Software Qatar
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 695||4,800Ah battery|
|8GB of LPDDR4x RAM||67W charging|
|128GB of UFS 2.2 storage||Android 13 OS with ColorOS 13|
|8GB of virtual RAM|
The Snapdragon 695 is a reliable chipset that powers the Oppo Reno 8T 5G. While the Reno 8T handles most games well, it is not made for hardcore gaming. With ample 8 GB of RAM onboard and 8 GB of virtual RAM, I did not face any hiccups while using the phone for web browsing, accessing social media apps, watching videos, making phone calls, and so on. When it comes to storage, the device offers 128 GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot. To recall, the Reno 8 did not feature a microSD card slot.
The Reno 8T Qatar runs on ColorOS 13-based Android 13, which offers a smooth experience along with a lot of customization options. Like before, the company needs to cut down on bloatware and the unwanted notifications that some of these apps produce. In my opinion, all the apps should seek a user’s permission even on a new device instead of just popping up. The Reno 8T is entitled to receive two years of Android OS upgrades and three years of security updates. I am one of those few people who do not like Google Dialer. I switched to Oppo’s ODialer, which also offers anonymous call recording.
The OPPO Reno 8 5G Qatar packs a big battery of 4,800mAh capacity. The retail package of the phone includes an 80W SuperVOOC charger, but the phone supports 67W charging. In comparison, the Reno 8T had a smaller 4,500mAh battery with 80W SuperVOOC charging support. It takes around 47 minutes to achieve a full charge on the 8T. According to OPPO, it employs its proprietary Battery Health Engine technology, which increases charge cycles to 1,600, which is double the industry average of 800 recharges. In other words, the technology helps slow the battery degradation process. Once juiced up, the 8T can easily last for more than a day. Here is a look at the benchmarks performance of the Reno 8T 5G.
Photography and Other Features Qatar
|Rear Camera||Other features|
|108MP Samsung S5KHM6 camera||Under-display fingerprint scanner|
|2MP GalaxyCore GC021 depth camera||Face unlock|
|2MP GalaxyCore GC021 40x microlens||5G bands: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n66/n77/n78|
|Dual-LED flash||Wi-Fi 802.11ac|
|32MP OmniVision OV32B front camera||Dual stereo speakers|
The Oppo Reno 8T 5G’s Qatar rear camera setup has a 108-megapixel primary camera, which lacks support for OIS. It is paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel, 40x microlens.
By default, the primary camera uses pixel-binning technology to capture 12-megapixel shots. Users can also capture images in 108-megapixel resolution with the phone. Daylight shots through the primary camera come out fine, and it does a reasonable job in dim-light scenarios. The Night Mode improves low-light photography by reducing lens flare and improving focus.
The Reno 8T Qatar is capable of shooting 720p or 1080p quality videos at 30fps through the front and rear cameras. There is EIS support available for footage captured via the rear camera. There is a Dual-View video recording mode, which makes it possible to capture videos through the front and rear cameras at the same time.
The microlens is a fun addition to the Reno 8T. It offers up to 40x magnification for capturing microscopic images with minute details. It is easier to focus at 20x, but it takes some effort to capture the right shot at 40x magnification. Some may feel that the company should have offered an ultra-wide snapper instead of the depth or microlens on the device.
The front-facing 32-megapixel OmniVision OV32B, and not the Sony IMX709, which has been there since the Reno 7 series, does a good job capturing selfies mainly when there is sufficient light. However, it struggles in low light. Nevertheless, the front camera manages to capture some impressive portrait selfies, but the quality is not on par with the IMX709.
As for the remaining features of the Reno 8T 5G, it comes with support for 13 5G bands. The security features like the in-screen fingerprint scanner and face unlock work fine. Like the Reno 8 and 8 Pro, the 8T does not have a 3.5mm audio jack.
In India, there are multiple SD695 phones priced under Rs 20,000 (~$240). With the company pricing the Reno 8T at Rs 29,999 (~$363), I think the entire package should be taken into consideration and not just the processor. The 8T does not seem to be ideal for people who prefer gaming or are looking for a performance-driven phone. Other than that, it’s an enticing package with a nice design, a great screen, a smooth experience, and decent cameras.
Price and availability in Qatar
The Reno 8T 5G is priced at QAR 1499(~$363) in Qatar. Reno 8T 5G is available in Alanees Qatar
Disclaimer: All of the opinions in this Oppo Reno 8T 5G review are mine and based on my own experiences. There has been no editorial input from Oppo.