Netflix and Amazon Prime are revolutionizing the source of media consumption for cinephiles across the globe, at least amongst urban population. They cater their booming subscribers with the exclusive quality content catalog, which is what makes them immensely popular. Speaking of quality, HDR or High Dynamic Range is a display standard which both these Media juggernauts offer. So, let’s see what does it mean technically and practically. Read to know whether your mobile phone supports HDR, and precisely HDR10 content.
HDR10: What does it mean?
It all started with HDR and now we have various terminologies like HDR10, HDR10+ (introduced by Samsung), DOLBY Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). HDR is the display’s ability to project bright highlights and dark shadows accurately. This, in turn, helps you to immerse into a wide gamut of colors on your smartphone display.
HDR10 is an open-source format, developed by UHD alliance, that is currently more widespread. If your phone supports HDR content, then it can play HDR10. Technically speaking, HDR10 currently supports up to 4,000 nits peak brightness, with 10-bit color depth.
How to Stream HDR10 content on Netflix on Phone?
Streaming Netflix in HDR requires Netflix app version 5.0 for Android.
To stream in HDR, you will need:
- A phone that has a Dolby Vision or HDR10 compatible display and chipset.
- A 4 Screen Netflix plan. You can check which plan you’re currently on at Netflix.com/ChangePlan.
- A steady internet connection speed of 25 megabits per second or higher.
- Streaming quality set to High.
HDR10 vs. HDR10+ vs. Dolby Vision: Comparison of different display formats
|Peak Brightness||4,000 nits||10,000 nits||4,000 nits|
|Meta-data||Static||Dynamic/ Frame by Frame||Dynamic/ Frame by Frame|
Dolby Vision outruns the other two as its more future-proof with more peak brightness levels and color-depth. Moreover, it’s dynamic meta-data is created by hand by colorists and editors at the movie studio, while for HDR 10+, its metadata is created an upscaling algorithm. In the future, Dolby Vision would be ready to match the standards, while the other two would fail then.
Phones complaint with Dolby Vision includes the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, LG G6, Huawei P20, and P20 Pro. However, any HDR mobile device could run Dolby Vision, if the company releases a software patch for the same.
Unlike Netflix, Amazon doesn’t share a list of supported devices. We would test and update the following list for more new devices. You could also share any device that has missed the list. Comments section welcomes your valuable contribution.
HDR10 Compatible Devices
|Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus||1440 x 3040||Super AMOLED|
|Samsung Galaxy S10e||1080 x 2280||Super AMOLED|
|Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus||1440 x 2960||Super AMOLED|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 9||1440 x 2960||Super AMOLED|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8||1440 x 2960||Super AMOLED|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S4||1600 x 2560||Super AMOLED|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S3||1536 x 2048||Super AMOLED|
|Google Pixel 3 XL||1440 x 2960||P-OLED|
|Google Pixel 3||1080 x 2160||P-OLED|
|Google Pixel 2 XL||1440 x 2880||P-OLED|
|Google Pixel 2||1080 x 1920||P-OLED|
|Google Pixel XL||1440 x 2560||AMOLED|
|Google Pixel||1440 x 2560||AMOLED|
|iPhone X/XS||1125 x 2436||Super AMOLED|
|iPhone XS Max||1242 x 2688||Super AMOLED|
|iPhone 8||750 x 1334||IPS LCD|
|iPhone 8 Plus||1080 x 1920||IPS LCD|
|Huawei Mate 20 Pro||1440 x 3120||AMOLED|
|Huawei Mate 20||1080 x 2244||IPS LCD|
|Huawei Mate 10/ 10 Pro||1080 x 2160||AMOLED|
|Huawei P20/ P20 Pro||1080 x 2244||IPS LCD|
|Honor 10||1080 x 2280||IPS LCD|
|LG G8 ThinQ||1440 x 3120||IPS LCD|
|LG G7/G7 One/Q9||1440 x 3120||IPS LCD|
|LG X5||720 x 1280||IPS LCD|
|LG V40||1440 x 3120||P-OLED|
|LG V35 ThinQ||1440 x 2880||OLED|
|LG V30||1440 x 2880||OLED|
|Razer Phone 1/2||1440 x 2560||IPS LCD|
|Sony Xperia XZ3||1440 x 2880||P-OLED|
|Sony Xperia XZ2||1080 x 2160||IPS LCD|
|Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium||3840 x 2160||IPS LCD|
|Sony Xperia XZ1||1080 x 1920||IPS LCD|
|Sony Xperia XZ Premium||3840 x 2160||IPS LCD|
|Sony Xperia 1 (2019)||1644 x 3840||OLED|