YouTube HDR arrives on the Xperia XZ Premium

by XB on 8th September 2017

in Applications, Videos

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first and (currently) only smartphone packing a 4K HDR display. The HDR option has already been available on a few apps for the Xperia XZ Premium, including Amazon Video and Netflix, but today YouTube is also rolling out the HDR option for the handset.

We have received the option on our resident XZ Premium handset, giving options to choose HDR videos up to 4K resolution. It’s great to see a wider range of HDR content more easily attained, taking advantage of the tech inside Sony’s 4K flagship.

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  • Jarrod

    I was watching some hdr comparison videos on YouTube when I first got my phone. The difference was very noticeable but it was obviously not true hdr. What kind of difference will this make?

  • androexpert00

    Actually the only one youtube hdr video available is the first one you’ll get by searching “4k hdr”. What a shit that the video is unwatchable due to so much big lags and phone gets super hot in a couple of seconds. Impossible currently to watch 4k hdr content at 60fps.

    What a shame.

  • Bloobat

    Am I the only one who’s XZP lags really badly when playing in 4k hdr on the youtube app? Before update it all worked fine but now frames stutter so badly in 4khdr mode but works like butter if you click 1440p hdr?


    What is so funny about this is look, 4K 60fps HDR?!?! Smartphones will definitely overheat, u kidding me YouTube?

  • Saleem

    What about Z5 Premium? Any news about 4K in YouTube application?

  • Marinko Agic

    Do it reset of phone

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  • Saifuddin Adnan

    I’ve gone through other forums and found out that it’s an issue with YouTube app and not with your and my xperia xzp. The video is also lagging at other phones like Samsung galaxy s8. Hope YouTube fixes it asap

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    And the competitors will have that 1440p60 HDR but will look like 144p60 HDR in comparison to the XZ Premium at 1080p60 HDR

  • Kurumineko狂三猫

    its normal, probably the chipset cannot take it. Because we using youtube uses VP9

  • A.o.D

    Well my s8 lags at 1440p60 HDR playback

  • The problem from the YouTube app it self. Wait until they fix it.

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  • Talos the Robot

    Hahaha Pentile Crap.

  • Talos the Robot

    Better contrast, better colors and many shadow details come to life.

  • dpc4321

    Awesome! Can’t wait to try this out :-)

  • Moisés

    People say even with 4K screen, Z5P does not allow you to choose 4K on youtube.

  • azzido

    … and lags like HELL

  • There is an issue with the app. better wait until they release fix update.

  • John Carter

    Hi,on Z5 when HDR? Has HDR.

  • Alexander Ilchev

    Well, my phone doesn’t lag and i’m in PARADISE

  • LazAndKor

    The Xperia Z5 doesnt have HDR . The only Xperias with HDR screens are the XZP and XZ1.

  • John Carter

    Ok,thank you!

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  • azzido

    Too bad Sony already abandoned Z5 Premium…

  • Akindele Fasuba

    Off topic – can I flash XZP dual sim version with the single sim firmware? Thanks

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  • JC

    Yeah, sucks I got mine nearly 1 year ago.

  • JC

    Let’s find out.

  • azzido

    not the phone doode, you misunderstood. Youtube movies in both 4K and HDR at the same time lags like hell and makes phone hot, there is some issue on Google side as they are using wrong codec… go educate yourself on the topic and get back here.

    Phone itself is mostly smooth and fast.

  • azzido

    I wonder when will we receive an update to camera app.
    It seems like camera receive less treatment than other apps, for example Music, Album, Video are receibing more updates than camera for sure. Since so many years there was 1 update to camera? We are in version 2.0 since how long? Camera gui seems a bit outdated now in terms of design.

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