Netflix Brings Mobile HDR Support to Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and Sony Xperia XZ1

Posted Wed Sep 6, 2017 at 07:00 AM PDT by
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Three more smartphone models now support mobile HDR. 

Netflix has announced the addition of mobile HDR (high dynamic range) streaming playback to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and Sony Xperia XZ1. The three smartphones now join the previously supported Sony Xperia XZ Premium and LG G6 handsets. 

In order to watch HDR streaming content on the newly supported mobile devices, users will need version 5.0 of the Netflix Android app along with the latest firmware for their phone. Likewise, subscribers will need the premium $12 per month Netflix plan. HDR is an advanced display and image mastering technology that offers expanded brightness to improve contrast between dark and light aspects of an image, bringing out deeper black levels and more realistic details in specular highlights -- like the sun reflecting off of an ocean -- in specially graded HDR material. With that said, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ1, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium all now offer HDR10 playback through Netflix, the LG G6 remains the only model to support the Dolby Vision HDR format. 

The Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display along with an enhanced S Pen that offers improved pressure sensitivity compared to previous versions. Under the hood, the device is powered by an Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm processor or an Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm processor depending on the market and carrier.

Meanwhile, the LG V30 features a 6-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 and 538ppi. Under the hood, the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4GB LPDDR4x RAM.

Finally, the Sony Xperia XZ1 features a 5.2-inch FHD HDR Display TRILUMINOS Display. Under the hood, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM.

Sources: Netflix via Engadget

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