Best Phones to Watch HDR10 Content on Netflix and Amazon Prime

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

FormatsHDR10Dolby VisionHDR10+
Peak Brightness4,000 nits10,000 nits4,000 nits
Color Depth10-bit12-bit10-bit
Meta-dataStaticDynamic/ Frame by FrameDynamic/ Frame by Frame
LicenseOpen-sourceProprietorialOpen-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

PhoneResolutionDisplay Type
OnePlus 7 Pro1440 x 3040AMOLED
Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus1440 x 3040Super AMOLED
Samsung Galaxy S10e1080 x 2280Super AMOLED
Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus1440 x 2960Super AMOLED
Samsung Galaxy Note 91440 x 2960Super AMOLED
Samsung Galaxy Note 81440 x 2960Super AMOLED
Samsung Galaxy Tab S41600 x 2560Super AMOLED
Samsung Galaxy Tab S31536 x 2048Super AMOLED
Google Pixel 3 XL1440 x 2960P-OLED
Google Pixel 31080 x 2160P-OLED
Google Pixel 2 XL1440 x 2880P-OLED
Google Pixel 21080 x 1920P-OLED
Google Pixel XL1440 x 2560AMOLED
Google Pixel1440 x 2560AMOLED
iPhone X/XS1125 x 2436Super AMOLED
iPhone XS Max1242 x 2688Super AMOLED
iPhone 8750 x 1334IPS LCD
iPhone 8 Plus1080 x 1920IPS LCD
Huawei Mate 20 Pro1440 x 3120AMOLED
Huawei Mate 201080 x 2244IPS LCD
Huawei Mate 10/ 10 Pro1080 x 2160AMOLED
Huawei P20/ P20 Pro1080 x 2244IPS LCD
Honor 101080 x 2280IPS LCD
LG G8 ThinQ1440 x 3120IPS LCD
LG G7/G7 One/Q91440 x 3120IPS LCD
LG X5720 x 1280IPS LCD
LG V401440 x 3120P-OLED
LG V35 ThinQ1440 x 2880OLED
LG V301440 x 2880OLED
Razer Phone 1/21440 x 2560IPS LCD
Sony Xperia XZ31440 x 2880P-OLED
Sony Xperia XZ21080 x 2160IPS LCD
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium3840 x 2160IPS LCD
Sony Xperia XZ11080 x 1920IPS LCD
Sony Xperia XZ Premium3840 x 2160IPS LCD
Sony Xperia 1 (2019)1644 x 3840OLED
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