Here’s a quick look at what an HDR display on your phone means for you

Here’s a quick look at what an HDR display on your phone means for you

Team Digit | 27 Sep 2019

When it comes to phone display technology, it seems like manufacturers are finally looking at something beyond resolution. The displays on modern flagship devices feature tech like higher refresh rates, and HDR. In this piece, we will be looking at HDR tech and how it affects your mobile viewing experience.

High Dynamic Range of HDR promises to offer better contrast ratio, better colour gamut and greater brightness than standard panels. In simpler terms, it offers better contrast between the lighter and darker parts of the video. It effectively allows images to stand out as compared to Standard Dynamic Range.

While HDR is a fairly new tech in the world of mobile phones. It is pretty much a given in any premium TV. HDR is currently available in two different formats, namely HDR10 and  Dolby Vision. There are some subtle differences between the two and Dolby Vision is considered to be the better format. Dolby Vision supports a higher peak brightness and greater colour depth. However, there is a new format called HDR10+ which closes the gap between it and Dolby Vision. Almost flagship devices currently available at least one format of HDR. 

Just because you have an HDR display, doesn’t mean that you will be able to watch all video content in HDR. The content itself needs to be available in HDR in order for you to watch it. Thankfully, a majority of video streaming services have started offering HDR content on their platforms. There should be an HDR badge or logo next to the video to let’s you know that the content is available in HDR. 

Of course, the question now is why haven’t all phones started offering HDR content. Well, phones need to have the right hardware requirements in place in order to display HDR content. As a result, the tech is only available on flagship devices. Further, since HDR tends to crank up the brightness levels, it can lead to reduced battery life. However, as time progresses, the technology should become more viable and affordable and we might see it employed in moe affordable devices. 

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