OPPO Reno8 T (4G): Toned down, but with impressive features and performance

About 5 months after launching the Reno8 5G in the local market, OPPO Kenya has decided to stay within the Reno8 series, this time introducing the OPPO Reno8 T (4G).

The latest model in the series, OPPO Reno8 T (4G) can be termed as a ‘toned down’ variant in the Reno8 lineup and, like we mentioned in the quick highlights review, is markedly different from the previous models in this series – that is the Reno8 5G and Reno8 5G 4G.

On unwrapping the device from the box and powering it on, the first thing I noticed – having sampled and extensively used the Reno8 5G – is that the OPPO Reno8 T (4G) is comparatively slimmer though just a bit taller in terms of height compared to the former.

Design and User buttons

Away from the size and height, let’s move to the overall design of the Reno8 T (4G) as relates to the position and location of the user buttons for control as well as accessories. The Receiver is situated at the centre top, while moving towards the left is the front (or Selfie) camera. To the right side of the device is SIM card tray, another noticeable difference with the Reno8 5G where the SIM card slot is at the bottom left of the device.

Below the SIM card tray are the two Volume Keys. Apart from adjusting the volume while using the phone, remember that you also need simultaneously press and hold the Volume Up Button together with the Power Button until the OPPO logo is displayed to restart (or power off) the phone.

After the Volume Keys, and now getting onto the screen display, we have the Screen Fingerprint Scanner. And then below the fingerprint scanner, and again moving back to the side of the device, we have the Main Microphone for the user to speak into when making calls (or recording voice notes).

Then moving upwards from the bottom, we have the Power Key (which also doubles up as the Screen Lock Key) to be used in combination with the Volume Up Button on the left side of the device and directly opposite the Power Key. And according to the user’s Settings preferences, the Power Key can also be used for taking screenshots.

Above the Power Key, and now back to the screen display, we have the Proximity and Light Sensor.

Flipping the device and viewing it from the back, we have the Auxiliary (or Sub) Microphone, the Main Camera, Microscopic Camera, Sub Camera, and the Flash.

Moving towards the bottom, we have the Type-C USB slot for charging the device as well as transferring files from and into the phone, and a standard Earphone Jack slot (which has been missing and was never included in the design of the Reno6, Reno7 and the Reno8 5G and 4G). When charging the phone, a unique and beautiful green ring, called Breathing Light, appears round the main camera, further boosting its appearance and design.

Completing the back design of the Reno8 T (4G) is the NFC field (for digital transactions and payments) just next to the main camera to the right.

Completing the front design of the screen display at the top is the light sensor hole that is partially concealed at the top of the screen. This creates and leaves a larger screen display at the front of the phone, further making it more compact.


Apart from the slim design, long-lasting battery and black case, which gives the phone a sturdy and tough when held on the palm, the Reno8 T’s (4G) other unique feature is the 100MP Portrait Camera. Of course this must have been expected as key addition by users as the model is part of the Reno portfolio which has become known for extolling its ‘Portrait Expert’ features and capabilities when it comes to photography.

With its 100MP Portrait Camera, the photos taken using these camera exhibit unparalleled sharpness made possible by exquisite image clarity to give the user unprecedented editing and cropping abilities. One is also able to completely eliminate or alter unwanted photo elements.

Still on the camera and its capabilities, the Image Clear Engine enables the user to easily capture a clear photo, even in situations where and when they (or their objects of focus or subjects) are in constant motion.

And even though it’s not a photo altering (or beautifying) feature, there’s the Orbit Light on the edge main camera which enables the user to freely set their own light effects. The Orbit Light (which can be set to display many colour variations depending on the user’s preference), located at the  back of the phone, also provides notifications for new messages, charging status and more, depending on how it’s been set.


I have the Morning Black colour variant of the Reno8 T (4G) with a black case, a useful addition which gives the phone a more solid and compact feel when held within one’s palm. It also enhances the grip making difficult for the phone to slip off or be easily snatched when you’re holding it.


In the highlights review, I stated that I charged the phone to its full capacity and 2 days later, it still had 84% of the capacity. The battery monitor eter is means that the 5000mAh battery can still comfortably take me through 37 hours of continuous use.

The Reno8 T (4G) is a mid-range model fitted with a 5000mAh battery, as well as 33W SUPERVOOC feature for faster charging. With this feature, just having the phone charge for mere 5 minutes will give the user 2-hours of talk time while a 30-minute charging gets the phone to 54% of its overall capacity, giving the user the much-desired peace of time as in this way, they won’t spend their day(s) worrying and panicky about the state of their phone’s battery.


The Reno8 T (4G) comes with large 8GB of RAM (with an additional 4GB of virtual memory to be utilized when need be) and 256GB of internal storage capacity. With this capacity, it is unlikely that even the most active of content creators will be able to exhaust it, and therefore require additional storage space. Again, the device’s RAM Expansion functionality comes in handy when the phone becomes slow (or sluggish), converting unused storage space to operating memory, thereby guaranteeing the user a smooth, powerful experience.

To conclude, always remember that the taste of the pudding lies in eating. That’s why no matter how positive (or skeptical) we may be about the latest device from OPPO Kenya, it’s only you who can be the ultimate judge of its features, performance (or shortcomings). That’s why we request you to go online and purchase the OPPO Reno8 T (4G) from Kilimall or offline from retail outlets in the country. And then experience what we’ve come to appreciate (and love) about the phone since we got our review unit.


Attribute: Value
Size and Weight


·         Height: 160.8mm

·         Width: 73.84mm

·         Thickness: 7.8mm

·         Weight: 180g



·         RAM: 8GB (+4GB virtual memory)

·         ROM: 256GB (expandable via USB card)



·         Size: 6.43 inches

·         Screen Ratio: 90.8%

·         Resolution: FHD+ (2400×1080)

·         Refresh Rate: Maximum: 90Hz

·         Panel: AMOLED (Rigid screen)

·         Cover Glasses: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (GG5)




·         Main camera: 100MP; open-loop focus motor adopted

·         Microlens camera: 2MP; 3P lens
Depth camera: 2MP; 3P lens

·         Features: Photo, Video, Night, Expert, Panoramic, Portrait, Time-lapse, Slow-mo, Text scanner, Dual-view video, Sticker, Extra HD, Microlens, and Google lens


·         32MP; 5P lens; Auto Focus not supported

·         Front: Photo, Video, Panoramic, Portrait, Night, Time-lapse, Dual-view video, and Sticker

·         Front camera does not support Ultra Steady Video, Slo-mo, and Video Zoom functionality



·         MediaTek Helio G99


·         Battery: 5000mAh; Fast Charge via SUPERVOOC feature


Biometrics and Sensors


·         Fingerprint

·         Facial Recognition

·         Geomagnetic sensor

·         Light sensor

·         In-display proximity sensor

·         Accelerometer

·         Gravity sensor

·         Gyroscope

·         Step counting

Cellular Network


·         Dual SIM,

·         Nano-SIM card; Nano-USIM card



·         WLAN

·         Bluetooth (Version 5.3)

·         Bluetooth

·         USB type-C

·         3.5mm Earphone Jack

·         NFC

Operating System


·         Android 13

·         ColorOS 13.0




·         Maps: Google Maps and other third-party map apps

In the Box


·         Phone

·         Charger (3-pin power plug)

·         USB data cable

·         SIM ejector tool

·         Safety Guide

·         Quick Guide

·         Protective Case



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