Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 and HDR are coming to the Razer Phone's Netflix app

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The Razer Phone has already proven to be quite the mobile entertainment center, due in no small part to the device's speedy 120Hz display. However, Razer will soon be partnering with Netflix to improve the experience even further.

In an upcoming software update, both companies will be bringing Dolby's Digital 5.1 surround sound functionality and HDR video playback to the Razer Phone's Netflix app, making it the first smartphone to pack both of these technologies into one device.

"The Razer Phone brings an incredible Netflix viewing experience to the smartphone," said Anthony Park, Netflix's vice president of engineering. "We look forward to delivering this experience to our members around the world so they can watch their favorite entertainment on the go in the best possible quality."

The 5.1 surround sound feature will be accessible by using either THX-certified headphones or the device's built-in "Dolby-optimized" speakers.

"We engineered the Razer Phone to handle HDR video and sound like no other phone on the market," said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, in a statement. "We are incredibly excited to deliver Netflix entertainment on a smartphone like never before, enabling us to take full measure of the Razer Phone’s HDR10-enabled display and dual-firing, front-facing Dolby-optimized speakers and THX-certified headphone connectivity."

The update is set to arrive later this month alongside a number of minor firmware improvements "related to screen and sound to ensure a great Netflix experience." The update will also include an optional Netflix home screen widget for immediate access. There is a catch, though - this improved version of Netflix is only available if you're subscribed to the company's $13.99/mo premium plan.

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c7p89

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This is interesting but who watches netflix on there phone. I dont care how good the screen is it's not big enough.
 
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senketsu

I'm pretty excited about HDR, but certainly not on my phone. It does give them some Press and a way to differentiate themselves in the marketplace I guess. There must be someone on this planet that will wet their pants when they find out about this.
 

Burty117

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I'm pretty excited about HDR, but certainly not on my phone.
I've had HDR on my phone for some time (4k HDR10, Sony Xperia XZ Premium) and although it's not as exciting as having it on a big TV, it definitely adds a "wow" factor to videos. I can't help but be impressed with the Grand Tour, in Season One they basically sink a boat and I was absolutely blown away by the Blue's of the sea and sky, incredible what HDR can do!
 
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tipstir

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You can use Moto Z2 Force Insta-Share Projector Module (got this for free for buying the phone from Motorola) It does work up to 70-inch viewing screen. Mostly using it at 55-inch. I am not one into Netflix way to much for me. Chrome-Cast etc. Off Youtube/Streaming.
 

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