Galaxy S8 and S8+ gain HDR video playback on YouTube

The Galaxy Note 7 was the first smartphone from Samsung to feature HDR video playback capability, but we all know what happened to the smartphone. Earlier this year, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Tab S3 were launched with the same capability, but HDR content was hard to find. Netflix, YouTube, and Prime Video are good sources to find HDR content, but Netflix doesn’t support these devices yet.

Now, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have gained HDR video playback on YouTube. If you have the latest version of YouTube app installed on your Galaxy S8 or S8+, you can see HDR written when you try to change the video resolution manually. Right now, we can only see 1080pHDR as the maximum resolution even when playing 4K HDR videos. So, we’re not sure if the phones would be able to play QHD or 4K HDR videos.┬áThe video resolution goes up to 1440p, but make sure you switch to WQHD+ resolution from the display settings if you see the resolution options in YouTube maxing out at 1080p.

Earlier this week, Netflix added support for HDR video playback on the recently announced Galaxy Note 8, but not the Galaxy S8 or S8+ yet. Let us hope the Galaxy Tab S3 gains HDR video playback through Netflix and YouTube. Samsung is equipping all its high-end TVs, smartphones, and tablets with HDR-capable screens so that users can enjoy immersive content on their devices.

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adrscu
3 days 16 hours ago
adrscu

My s8+ lags very much when trying to play 1080pHDR content on youtube.

iKocka11
9 days 1 hour ago
iKocka11

On my Galaxy S8+ I have 1440p 60FPS HDR option, but when playing on 1440p video shakes a lot.. it looks like that phone can’t process HDR very well..

josep1977
10 days 17 hours ago
josep1977

Mmmm, strange thing here… I have YouTube version from September 6, don’t know if there is a newer one, if there is, Play Store says mine is latest, but the word “HDR” doesn’t appear next to the resolution.. I have Spanish (PHE) S8+

maccyb
11 days 6 hours ago
maccyb

You only see 1080pHDR on YouTube because it’s all YouTube is offering. Of course the phone can play HDR content at its highest resolution. You guys should learn about the products you’re making a living on writing about. Why don’t you read the phone specs before writing something so dumb?

Abhijeet M.
10 days 22 hours ago
Abhijeet M.

Our apologies, Asif didn’t realize the phone is set at Full HD by default (so much for companies making Quad HD the next big thing a few years ago then realizing Full HD is good enough for most users, eh?), so that’s why YouTube was limiting the resolution. We’ve updated the post.

ogsamsung
11 days 17 hours ago
ogsamsung

The S8 has had hdr for Netflix since May

marafona1986
11 days 20 hours ago
marafona1986

Boa tarde, eu no meu s8+ no youtube nao estica a imagem no ecra todo como antigamente, nem da para ver videos 2k

sriram231092
11 days 23 hours ago
sriram231092

I can see 1440p 60 HDR as I have set 2K as my resolution.

rguilamo
11 days 18 hours ago
rguilamo

Correct. Youtube Mobile takes the reported screen resolution from the Mobile OS, in this case Android, and will only allow said resolution as maximum.

If some of you are only seeing 1080p check your resolution, if you change it to QHD+ and still only get 1080p, then you should force close youtube and clear the apps cache.

Abhijeet M.
10 days 22 hours ago
Abhijeet M.

No need to clear the app cache unless closing YouTube and reopening it doesn’t fix it.

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