Note 7 first with HDR video streaming: what it means, and which titles Amazon provides


When Samsung announced that the Note 7 supports high dynamic range video, it wasn't talking about the ability of the 12 MP Dual Pixel camera to capture HDR footage, lighting up the shadows, and toning down brighter areas for a more true-to-life picture. This is achieved by taking a few shots with different exposure levels, and combining the info on the fly for the perfect shot. It wasn't even meaning the HDR video that the Note 7 is capable of recording, which does the same thing.

No, Samsung meant that the new phablet is actually able to play HDR video content on the screen, like its newest, more expensive TV sets do. Streaming and showing HDR video requires special calibration and processing power, so Samsung outfitted the Note 7 with a mobile version of its DNIe processing chips, borrowed directly from its expensive 4K TV sets that can play HDR.


The handset covers the basic HDR10 standard rather than the more demanding and confusing Dolby Vision standard, which requires end-to-end HDR processing. Thus, as far as base conditions go, the Note 7 should fit in the requirement for 540+ nits of peak brightness and black levels less than 0.0005 nits, having an OLED display and all, similar to the way Samsung's TVs are made to fit the HDR10 video standard.


That's all fine and dandy, but where is that HDR video for streaming or showing on the curved 5.7" Quad HD display of the Note 7? Fret not, as both Netflix, Vudu, Amazon and others all have HDR content available, and Samsung has even entered in a partnership with Amazon for streaming its original HDR content, so you will be initially covered if you are a Prime member and a Note 7 owner.

There is an Amazon Instant Video app on the Note 7 that will serve as your hub for HDR content, and these are the TV series titles you can find there:

· Bosch Season 1 & 2
· Good Girls Revolt (pilot)
· Highston (pilot)
· Mad Dogs
· The Man in the High Castle
· Mozart in the Jungle Season 1 & 2
· One Mississippi (pilot)
· Patriot (pilot)
· Red Oaks
· The Interestings (pilot)
· The Last Tycoon (pilot)
· Transparent Season 1 & 2
· Z: The Beginning of Everything (pilot)

Also, Sony Pictures Entertainment Movies are available to all users to purchase and watch in HDR:

· After Earth
· Amazing Spiderman 2
· Chappie
· Elysium
· Fury
· Hancock
· Men in Black 3
· Pineapple Express
· Salt
· Smurfs 2

source: Samsung (1),(2)

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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18 Comments

1. Kumar123 unregistered

This is a legit feature. Instead of increasing pixel number this feature will actually improve the viewing experience.

2. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

i'm actually quite impressed..

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ya Sheikh... Would you be offended if (Just a humble " if ") I say that this phone didn't impressed me much...? The way I see it; in my "Deep" humble opinion (Just an 'opinion' that also happens to be 'humble'); there's not much going on in The Note 7 compared to its predecessor...

7. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Lol.. Not at all. I happen to agree with you a little. And then Samsung are charging an arm and a leg for the incremental upgrades.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I've been ignoring these Note 7 Articles since last night... Simply because I'm not a fan of Touchwiz so people here would likely find my insight 'offensive' to say the least; and as such; I don't want to get a limited status (or even worse: "Completely Banned") yet again...! This website has the right people with the right mindset hence its so FUN...!!! But seriously, this is going WAY too FAR... This is like 1,000th Note 7 Article published by PhoneArena in last 24 Hours... So, have some mercy on our poor souls and just review the product already... Or at least refrain yourselves from publishing yet another Note 7 Article, please... N'Day... (Note Day)

6. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

This happens with every product launch. I don't see you complaining when there are a thousand iPhone articles on their launch. Why can't you live with the fact that a product you hate is getting is getting hyped? Or just don't display it publically and keep it to yourself.

8. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

I've not been a fan of Touchwiz for a long time. You could say it 'was' tasteless. For the past two iterations though, they have refined it so much. I've used note 5 and it's gone a long way from the time i owned s5. Regarding the article flooding.. This is a phone arena for lord's sake. The Unpacked event is like christmas of mobile world(0.o). What do you expect, a discussion on who Trump is to criticize next??

5. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Can anyone with knowledge on this subject clear my doubts regarding this tech: As far as I am aware, HDR10 requires a 10-bit display, and I don't think note 7 has it( if it had, Samsung would have made a huge fuss about it). So how does it play back these videos? Also, I know that it works with Amazon HDR videos. But with netflix pushing this technology hard, will it support the video or not? Also what about native HDR footage which I got from internet and put on the internal storage?

9. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

You've made an interesting observation. I for one would to see it in action.

11. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I think they only spoke about a display chip. Hopefully this isn't some half-baked software upscaler. Native HDR on TVs requires a brutal amount of brightness (800 nits minimum for extended periods of time) that almost only high contrast LCDs can reach.

12. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Just looked it up. Pocket Lint says it's a normal 8 bit panel.

13. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

So it's just a gimmick?

14. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

So it's just a gimmick?

15. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

HDR does not need to use 10 bit panels to work and even more so on a 5.5" screen

16. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It just works at its best on 10bit panels on big tvs

18. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

They made two standards, one for standard displays and another for OLED. OLED displays only need around 500 nits.

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Samsung TVs are LED LCD TVs with quantum dot , not OLED...

17. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Devices don't need to be 10bit to be HDR10 compatible, it just means they can produce an image based on the signal, it will look better than a standard image but it won't look quite as good as it might on a 10bit display. Anyone with a good AMOLED display with brightness of around 500 nits can be HDR compatible, only Samsung have these I believe. Not possible with standard displays as they need over 1000 nits brightness, so this is a unique feature for the Note 7. No reason they couldn't enable this for the Galaxy S7, Note 5 and Galaxy S6.

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