Netflix Offers HDR Streaming Support For Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung has a reputation for using high quality displays on its smartphones. Its Super AMOLED panels are top notch and often a step above the competition. When it comes to HDR visuals, peak brightness is a key metric. That is one area where the Galaxy Note 8 and its Super AMOLED display excels—it has a peak brightness of 1,200 nits and supports the HDR10 format.
HDR is one of the big movements in display technology at the moment. It has appeal across the board, from big screen TVs and computer monitors, to tablets and smartphone displays. The idea is to present better looking images by boosting brightness and contrast levels, and creating a bigger gap between the brightest and darkest areas of a picture. This allows for more details to be shown, along with more vibrant images. HDR also results in more realistic images, at least when done correctly.
Where things get a little muddy is in the number of HDR standards out there. Counting just the major formats, there are currently five different ones. That number is growing, too. Samsung, for example, is working with Amazon on an HDR format called HDR10+.
As it pertains to Netflix, it supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. In both cases, Netflix says a steady Internet connection speed of 25Mbps of faster is required. Subscribers must also pony up for a four-screen plan, which runs $12 per month.