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.

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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.

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HDR10 vs. HDR10+ vs. Dolby Vision: Comparison of different display formats

Formats HDR10 Dolby Vision HDR10+
Peak Brightness 4,000 nits 10,000 nits 4,000 nits
Color Depth 10-bit 12-bit 10-bit
Meta-data Static Dynamic/ Frame by Frame Dynamic/ Frame by Frame
License Open-source Proprietorial Open-source

 

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

Phone Resolution Display Type
OnePlus 7 Pro 1440 x 3040 AMOLED
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

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