Even if your smartphone has an HD screen, it does not mean that you watch your favorite Netflix series at this higher resolution. A large number of Huawei smartphones have received this support only after the release.
Huawei Mate 20 Netflix update adds HD support
Owners of the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro can now stream and download Netflix videos in full HD on their smartphone. Netflix recently added support for both smartphones, discovered Android Police . Both devices could watch Netflix, but only at a lower resolution. This creates an unsharp, grainy image. They now also support hdr, which gives you better contrast between light and dark images.
→ Also read our explanation: what is hdr, and what do you have about it
Both smartphones use a chipset developed by Huawei itself, which until recently did not have the correct Widevine drm support. Huawei only supported Widevine Level 3, while Level 1 is required for streaming at high resolutions. Widevine is Google’s drm software that is typically included with every Android device as standard.
Widevine controls digital rights management for different apps, and ensures that videos you stream can not just be copied or shared. Without support, video services are not assured of adequate protection.
HD-Netflix on cheap Huawei smartphones
In addition, Netflix indicates that all smartphones with the Kirin 710 and Kirin 980 chips now also have the right support. These are not mentioned by name, but they include the Huawei P Smart Plus Honor 8X Huawei Mate 20 Lite and some other recent midrange smartphones from the manufacturer. These devices only support hd, and no hdr.
A handful of devices from other manufacturers now also supports HD streams from Netflix. However, this involves smartphones that have not appeared in the Netherlands, such as the LG X5 and LG Q9 One.
Problems with OnePlus and Xiaomi
Other Chinese manufacturers have recently had problems with full Netflix support. For example, OnePlus ran into a lock at the end of last year when it turned out that the OnePlus 5T does not support the DRM rights required for Netflix. The problem could not be solved with an update. Consumers who still wanted to watch Netflix in HD were called to send the device back.
The same problem also surfaced with the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 . This Android smartphone has smooth hardware and a large screen with high resolution, but apps like Netflix and Google Play Movies can only stream at a maximum resolution of 540p. Xiaomi has not offered a solution, and it probably will not come again. Because it is a fairly cheap smartphone, Xiaomi has probably tried to reduce costs in this way.