The new OnePlus 5T is easily one of the best smartphones to have in the affordable segment while still sporting flagship specs. However, while that makes for the biggest positive for the phone to have, there is one serious drawback though – its inability to run HD quality videos for streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime video.
Fortunately for current or prospective owners of the OnePlus 5 and 5T handsets, the company said they are on the issue and the same will be fixed soon via a software update. There is no timeline available though to point out how soon the update is going to end up on our devices, or why it came with such a flaw in the first place.
The deficiency meanwhile can be traced to the phone’s lack of support for the right DRM level needed for HD playback of Netflix content. Digging further, the limitation can be locked onto the phone’s incompatibility with Google’s Widevine Level 1 DRM that is needed for HD streaming. Both the OnePlus 5 and 5T comes with support for Widevine Level 3 DRM capable of streaming SD content at best.
Certification for L1 level also requires implementation of more stringent security for proper control and processing of the content. This again is a measure to protect the interest of the copyright holder. In fact, Level 1 calls for content control and processing in what has come to be known as the Trusted Execution Environment to ensure adequate copyright protection.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time an OnePlus device has been found lacking on its ability to run HD content from services such as Netflix. This makes the current OnePlus 5 and 5T devices to be the first to come with L1 support, when it does, that is, as the Chinese manufacturer promised.
What remains to be seen though is whether older OnePlus devices such as the 3T also gets the update. In any case, it seems the current flagships will also be the last gen phones to ship without the Widevine Level 1 support; and that is something that all OnePlus fans can really cheer about.