Netflix has expanded the list of phones that support their HDR streaming today, bringing the total number of phones supported it up to ten. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the P20 have been added today along with the Sony Xperia XZ2. All three of these phones have HDR compatible displays.
Given that more manufactures are enabling HDR displays on their devices, the list supported devices will likely grow over the course of this year.
YouTube has finally enabled HDR video support for the iPhone X. The streaming content provider can now provide 1080p HDR videos for the flagship iPhone which has had a HDR display since its release. For those that don’t know, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and provides amazingly accurate colors and depth of those colors. Both the iPhone X as well as the iPad Pro lineup have HDR displays.
Youtube has been rolling out support for HDR video for sometime now for Android with several devices supporting it such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup, the Razer Phone, and Google’s Pixel 2 lineup.
If there is any doubt that Razer has intended their first smartphone, the Razer Phone, to be a premium gaming and entertainment experience for their customers, you can put them to rest. Today’s announcement around Netflix will end all doubt of the company’s intention.
Today at CES, the company announced that the Razer Phone will be the first smartphone to deliver Netflix content in both HDR video as well as Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio.
“We engineered the Razer Phone to handle HDR video and sound like no other phone on the market,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We are incredibly excited to deliver Netflix entertainment on a smartphone like never before, enabling us to take full measure of the Razer Phone’s HDR10-enabled display and dual-firing, front-facing Dolby-optimized speakers and THX-certified headphone connectivity.”
The phone joins several other devices in the market that already provide Netflix in HDR video including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Google Pixel 2 series. But Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio is a different and more difficult matter.
For those of you who have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, there is a new software update rolling out to you this morning. The 256.6MB update is mostly a maintenance release, fixing some items but also bringing support for HDR on Netflix.
Before you get all excited, no, this is not the Oreo update for the device. Samsung is expected at some point to release that update but this is not it.
The update is version T820XXU1AQ12/T820XAR1AQ12 for those keeping score at home.