The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ all support Netflix HD and HDR videos
Digital Rights Management, or DRM, is a controversial topic among tech enthusiasts, with many arguing against its inclusion in PC video games. Regardless of your thoughts on the concept of DRM, there’s little you can do to get around it on Android devices. Netflix on Android will only let you stream video content in HD or HDR if your device has Widevine L1 support, but even then, support isn’t guaranteed as we’ve seen on the Xiaomi POCO F1. Netflix whitelists devices and chipsets for HD playback and they’ve just added a couple of new smartphones and Qualcomm chipsets to the list.
First up, the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10e, and Samsung Galaxy S10+ have all been certified by Netflix to support streaming video content in both HD (above 540p) and HDR10.
Lastly, devices with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 are now pre-certified to stream Netflix videos in HD, provided they also ship with Widevine L1 support out-of-the-box. That means smartphones like the newly announced Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, and Nokia 8.1 can stream Netflix content in HD. All three of the smartphones I just mentioned support Widevine L1, as confirmed by ourselves, @RevAtlas, and DailyHunt respectively. If you’re interested in learning more about OTA field provisioning of Widevine L1 and how the Xiaomi POCO F1 now supports it, I recommend you read my previous article on the matter.