iPhone 8 / 8 Plus Don’t Really Support True HDR Video PlayBack Like iPhone X

Unfortunately, Apple’s latest iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus does not turly supports HDR video, but iPhone X. In order to give the access, Netflix has added HDR support for iPhone 8, iPad Pro and iPhone X. Here are the details on some unknown things that you must consider before buying your new iPhone.

Smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, LG’s V30, and even the expensive Apple’s iPhone X, 8 are finally getting High Dynamic Range (HDR) video playback support. You’ll be able to binge watch in Dobly Vision HDR on the newly launched iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the upcoming iPhone X.

Netflix has just updated its iOS app to support HDR playback in Dolby Vision on both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. HDR content you can play on them will look even better.

HDR content looks better because it has visible improvements like greater dynamic range and brighter highlights that eventually makes the picture quality more realistic and authentic to the director’s original artistic vision.

Why we are posting this article is because, Apple advertises on its website that the iPhone 8, 8 Plus support “Dolby Vision and HDR10 content.” But something’s not adding up, especially on the new iPhones released. From that statement, you’d think that these new phones would display HDR in all of its eye-popping glory. If you think so, you’d be wrong.

To get the full benefit of HDR content, your device needs to have an HDR display. Where HDR content requires special display tech to properly render it.

For example, you would need a screen with a certain level of brightness (measured in nits), with a certain contrast ratio aspects, and wide color gamut display support, in order to see all the extra improvements.

It’s something like watching 4K content on your iPhone. The only way to really appreciably view 4K content is on a 4K TV or monitor. There are several companies these days offering Smart TVs and QLED TVs, OLED, Curved and others that offer 4K with Blu-ray technology. This is another reason why you need to buy a brand new TV with HDR support to view HDR content.

The iPhone X is the only iPhone and Apple device with an HDR screen, and not the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus with HDR displays. Without the necessary hardware for HDR, then you’re going to miss all the HDR action. And when you load up a Dolby Vision movie on Netflix?

Normally, if your device’s screen doesn’t support HDR, it simply won’t be able to read the signal and you’ll see the standard non-HDR vesrion. According to Apple itself, users of these two phones will see visual enhancements to dynamic range, contrast, and wide-color gamut when playing Dolby Vision on HDR10 content from their respective content providers, such as Netflix, Amazon, etc. But it will not be at the full level of HDR visual fidelity as it’ll be on the iPhone X, which already equipped with a HDR screen.

HDR essentially expands the range of both contrast and color in comparison to standard dynamic range. As a result, bright parts of an image look brighter, and the darker bits also pack more depth. To experience the real HDR content ot carries Dolby Vision tags, and you’re on Netflix’s premium plan, then you’re good to go.

The company has stipulated that its new 4K+HDR content offered on iOS and tvOS through iTunes. Streaming purposes only and cannot be downloaded directly to a device. As per the recently published support document:

You can download a local copy of an HD movie, and you might be able to download HDR and Dolby Vision versions, but you can’t download a 4K version.

Finally, Netflix iOS app has been updated to now support HDR content on iPhone X, 8 / 8 Plus and 2017 iPad Pro models. 4K content on iTunes can also be streamed.

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