OPPO Reno 8T 5G: 3 Reasons To Buy, 2 Reasons To Skip

OPPO Reno 8T 5G: 3 Reasons To Buy, 2 Reasons To Skip
OPPO Reno 8T 5G: 3 reasons to buy and 2 reasons to miss © Courtesy of India Today OPPO Reno 8T 5G: 3 reasons to buy and 2 reasons to miss

OPPO phones are generally known for their stylish designs and good cameras. And while the Reno 8T I've used and reviewed may not be as flashy as the high-end Find X5 Pro, it aims to deliver a mid-range flagship experience. With features like 120Hz 10-bit AMOLED curved screen, 108MP main rear camera, Android 13 software with OS update 4 years ahead, and lightweight form factor, OPPO Reno 8T already covers most of the bases. But is this enough to justify the cost? In this article, I will give you 3 reasons why you should buy OPPO Reno 8T and 2 reasons why you shouldn't buy OPPO Reno 8T.

3 reasons to buy the Reno 8T 5G

1. Slim and lightweight design

No one should think that the OPPO Reno 8T is a well-built smartphone. If looks are a priority, this phone definitely gets all the bang for the buck. I am using the color Sunrise Gold which looks great. Especially when the light hits the surface and the range of colors you see is simply amazing. However, there is also black for those who prefer a more traditional look. The Reno 8T also has a protruding camera adorned with two large bodies, which makes this phone stand out from the crowd. Apart from that, the Reno 8T is a beautiful, lightweight phone, and overall, OPPO perfected the ergonomics of this phone. In short, if you prefer design when buying a new phone, the OPPO Reno 8T will not disappoint you.

2. Reliable software

OPPO Reno 8T runs ColorOS 13 based on Android 13 and the software experience on this phone is great. But even better than the software experience is the fact that OPPO is now joining Samsung and OnePlus as the company will be providing Android OS updates to a number of its phones including the Reno 8T for 4 years. So, in terms of software longevity, you're getting Android 17 with the Reno 8T. But for now, I think ColorOS 13 is one of the main selling points of this smartphone. They are very well put together. Feels light, fast and smooth in everyday work. Of course, there are some software viruses on this phone, but most of these pre-installed apps can be uninstalled, which is great that OPPO offers this option. Apart from that, ColorOS also has one of the best AODs on the market today. I like the Bitmoji integration as well as the AOD Insights screen. Apart from that, you also get lots of customization options like the ability to change the font, color, shape of the icons and more. You also get great built-in photo editing tools, and auto pixelation is one of the most underrated and best.

Overall, ColorOS 13 is fast, smooth and lightweight yet packed with all the essential features you will need. And like I said, the best thing about this phone is its 4 years of Android OS updates.

3. 108MP camera is good for photos

The Reno 8T's 108MP main camera is one of the phone's highlights, and the camera doesn't disappoint when it comes to taking pictures in good lighting. In good lighting, you can expect the Reno 8T to produce bright photos with good dynamic range and sharp clarity. Even portrait mode shots performed very well in most of my tests, and the results were outstanding. The camera also does a good job of taking HDR photos, although the phone takes a few moments after processing the images. But the end result is good, that's all. Indoor shots are great too. However, I recommend keeping your hand still to avoid wobbly results.

Finally, for photos taken at night, the results are average when shooting in standard mode. However, photos taken in night mode greatly increase the overall score. I quickly noticed that photos taken in night mode had better contrast, better colors and better management of highlights. In terms of selfies too, you won't be disappointed with the results in good lighting as this phone delivers Instagram-worthy results.

Two reasons not to buy the Reno 8T 5G

1. Snapdragon 695 is outdated

The OPPO Reno 8T runs on the tried and tested but really old chipset, the Snapdragon 695. As I said, it's a tried and tested chip and even in terms of benchmarks, it performs on a par with mid-range devices. You have to kill. Even in the real world, performance-wise, I had no issues with speed or smoothness. Apps open quickly, and the phone can handle many everyday tasks like texting, calling, browsing, etc. without breaking a sweat Even casual gamers can handle the Reno 8T 5G.

However, it's not all glitz and glam, and one of the downsides of this phone is that I feel OPPO could, for example, use the Snapdragon 778G on the Snapdragon 695 as the chip masks the camera when shooting 1080p videos. This means that you cannot record 4K videos with this phone. And I think 4K video recording should have been discontinued on the OPPO Reno 8T as the company is marketing this phone as a camera focused device thanks to its 108MP main rear camera.

2. Prices could be better

The OPPO Reno 8T costs Rs 29,999 for its only 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, which is also one of the reasons why I think a slight drop in price will make the Reno 8T a better deal. See, on paper and in the real world, if you buy the OPPO Reno 8T with the Snapdragon 695 processor, you will be very satisfied with the performance of the phone. Considering the 108MP rear camera is one of the phone's main selling points, it's a bit sad we don't have 4K video recording here. And then, in this case, the price hurts the most. But if you decide to buy a smartphone for the reasons above, then by all means do it. You won't be disappointed. However, if you are unsure about the price, let me tell you that you are not wrong. Because there are many other smartphone options that can be considered compared to the OPPO Reno 8T.

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