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Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro now support HD & HDR content on Netflix


The Chinese player Huawei is quite aggressive when it comes to supporting their flagship smartphones. Following the same, the company has now enabled the support for HD & HDR content playback on Netflix on last year’s Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Huawei P20 Pro smartphones.

That being said, users can now enjoy any of their favourite show or movie on Netflix in HD quality. This has been made possible due to Widevine L1 support.

For starters, Netflix and other popular streaming services like Amazon Prime Video require Widelvine L1 licensing to play 720p+ content. Devices lacking this certification necessarily limit the video playback at 540p on such streaming services, despite having high-resolution displays.

The main reason behind this is Google’s Widevine Digital Rights Management (DRM) system. To be more specific, Widevine is a DRM standard, used for authorising a device to stream content at high resolutions. It implements adaptive streaming quality, licensing key exchange and CENC encryption to prevent piracy of shows.

The Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro initially came with Widevine L3 support which is the lowest rank of security on the DRM. Thankfully, they have finally been upgraded to Widevine L1 via OTA by the company to ensure the best possible playback quality. As a result, the Netflix users on HDR streaming level can now experience the actual HDR content on supported smartphones.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro offers crisp contrast, true blacks, and unbelievably vibrant colours. Hence, watching movies on Netflix would be of a much better quality of experience, especially regarding watching High Definition (HD) and Ultra HD movies. Elseways, the Huawei P20 Pro with the all-new HUAWEI FullView Display will deliver a superior colour gamut for one of the best screens to date.

As for the technical aspects, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro sports a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen. The display further boasts an impressive resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels- higher than the Pixel 3 XL and Samsung Galaxy Note 9‘s 2960 x 1440p panel. On the other hand, the Huawei P20 Pro bears a 1080 x 2244 AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 408ppi.

Moreover, Huawei has recently rolled out EMUI 9.0 update for the P20 Pro. The new UI baked on latest Android 9 Pie brings certain unique features. This includes gesture-based user navigation, GPU Turbo 2.0 and redesigned settings menu among other things.