HDR video is slowly becoming a sought after functionality for flagships. Currently, not all platforms support HDR playback, and there are just handful content sources including Netflix and YouTube with support for HDR video playback. Netflix has recently added a few smartphones to its list of HDR support. Following the streak, YouTube has added both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones to its list of supported devices along with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Galaxy Note 8.
If you check the list of Android smartphones that currently have HDR support from online resources, then you will see that there are just a select few devices like the LG V30, Galaxy Note 8, Xperia XZ Premium and the Xperia XZ1. Also, one of the biggest shortcomings is that not all the video content is available in HDR. There are only a few shows and movies on Netflix that are also available in the HDR format.
With YouTube's HDR video playback coming to three flagships, we are now hopeful that we will soon have more video content in HDR. The latest YouTube update brings the support for the Galaxy S8/S8+. A Redditor shared a screenshot of video quality options for a YouTube video labelled “The World in HDR in 4K (Ultra HD).” In contrast to general video quality options, the list of options for HDR viewers ranges from 140p to 1440p at 60 FPS.
Another post shared by a Redditor shows YouTube HDR video on the Xperia XZ Premium. As good as these videos look on the high-end display of the Galaxy S8/S8+ and XZ Premium, the functionality is still in the nascent phase, and there are some issues with the video playback such as stuttering. One more thing that you must keep in mind is that HDR video playback sucks more battery life than normal HD videos. Some users have also reported that they can stretch the video to fit in the full screen. Also, for supported devices, there seems no way to go back to the non-HDR version of YouTube.