Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium Now Support HDR Playback

Although Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium are two different devices, they both feature HDR-capable displays. Along with other HDR capable applications, YouTube now has started to support the feature for both of the devices.

Thanks to the latest addition, you can now view HDR contents through YouTube by selecting HDR when you manually try to chance video resolution. However, as of now, the maximum resolution is set at 1080p meaning you won’t be able to take advantage of high resolution screen. Despite that, the playback quality will still be nice thanks to the quality of HDR.

While the latest addition is certainly exciting, we will have to wait several more years before HDR functionality becomes mainstream for all devices. For instance, Netflix HDR playback as of now is only available on Galaxy Note 8, LG G6, LG V30 Xperia XZ Premium only. While Galaxy S8, S8+ and Tab S3 are all capable of playing HDR contents, the devices do not feature the HDR functionality. This issue is largely caused by numerous number of different devices.

While the current situation regarding HDR isn’t highly promising for high end smartphone users, this is likely to change as the smartphone technologies move forward. However, if you currently own a HDR capable device, you will get the feature at least from YouTube in the coming weeks.

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