The LG G6 no longer stands alone as the only smartphone in the world able to access High Dynamic Range (HDR) content from Netflix.
Today the streaming giant has announced support for the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.
However, while the G6 accesses the content via the Dolby Vision standard, Sony users will frequent it via UltraHD Premium.
In order to access the content, users will need a Netflix Premium subscription with streaming settings adjusted to high. There’s also the need for a connection speed upwards of 25mbps.
You’ll also need Netflix for Android version 5.0 (and up) and the latest firmware for the Xperia XZ Premium. Only then will you receive the super-vivid lifelike colours (lightest lights, darkest darks, etc.) offered with HDR. (via Android Police)
Related: What is HDR?
While it is great to see Netflix continuing to roll out the HDR content on a device by device basis, you have to wonder how much it can really benefit smartphone users.
When watching on a 5-inch plus display, it’s difficult to get the same appreciation as one would when watching on a 50-inch television.
A reason to by the XZ?
While the Xperia XZ Premium has a leg up on all but one Android phone on the market, it remains a difficult handset to recommend.
We awarded it a modest 7/10 score, boosted by the flagship performance, high resolution display and decent speakers. However, it was marked down due to its dated design, lack of comfort while holding and an underperforming slow-mo video feature.
Our reviewer Richard Easton concluded: “The XZ Premium doesn’t lack for performance but its mediocre design and limited super-slow-motion video make it difficult to recommend over more impressive flagship rivals.”
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