The recently-launched OnePlus 5T is unable to stream content from Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, Netflix and a number of other streaming platforms in HD, even though it’s armed with the required hardware.
This is something we noticed when we were reviewing the otherwise impressive device (and its predecessors), with Phones and Tablets Editor Max Parker writing:
“One strange omission that keeps affecting OnePlus phones is that there isn’t the correct DRM to allow streaming of Netflix, Google Play Movies or Amazon Prime in HD. Instead, it caps you at SD and sometimes forces you manually alter the resolution in YouTube. It’s a really strange missing feature that I haven’t seen on any other phone and considering this big screen is perfect for watching videos it’s even more annoying you can’t watch it in HD.”
Now, OnePlus has released a statement confirming that the OnePlus 5T – and its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 – are restricted to playing content in an SD resolution, adding that it will enable HD streaming in a future update.
In other words, if you’re thinking about using your OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T to catch up on the latest episode of The Grand Tour on your way to work, you should probably consider taking a tablet with you – or your laptop – until the issue is fixed.
Are you frustrated by the OnePlus 5T’s lack of support for HD, let alone Full HD, video streaming? What steps have you taken to overcome the issue? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook and Twitter @TrustedReviews.