Since years OnePlus has been delivering spec-heavy smartphones in mid-range smartphones prices, indeed bringing a smile on the face of many. But a new revelation may just turn those smiles upside down. Some of the OnePlus 5T users earlier today noticed that the handset was not able to play HD quality content in streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies and more.
The news spread like wildfire after the owners took things to the official OnePlus forums. Later, The Verge website confirmed that not just OnePlus 5T but it’s successor, OnePlus 5 too has the same issue.
From the forum posts it can be deciphered that OnePlus 5T and 5 are short of the Widevine rights management certification (Widevine Level 1 DRM) that is required to play anything beyond standard definition (SD). So the duo ends-up playing videos at a lower resolution (using Widevine Level 3) than the phones that cost half their prices.
All this comes as a surprise as the smartphone’s Optic AMOLED display has been on one of the much-touted features. Interestingly, the problem was never highlighted ever since June when the OnePlus 5 arrived.
The team at OnePlus has not been available to give an explanation as to why did OnePlus 5 or 5T lack the support for Widevine Level 1 DRM. However, a spokesperson has reportedly confirmed to The Verge that it will be fixed in an upcoming OxygenOS update in OnePlus 5T. No time frame for the rollout was mentioned though.
The display is one of the most highlighted features of the OnePlus 5T. The smartphone includes a 6.01-inch Full-HD (1080×2160 pixels) Optic Amoled display with a pixel density of 401ppi and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Its predecessor sported a 5.5-inch Full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic Amoled display with same pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass.