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Netflix subscribers have a major reason to use the Razer Phone

by Danny Zepeda | January 9, 2018January 9, 2018 6:30 am EST

The Razer Phone is now the best mobile device to stream Netflix on thanks to support for both HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1—a first for a major smartphone.

Unlike other smartphones, the Razer Phone not only has a gorgeous display, it also has two powerful front-firing speakers that are meant to deliver premium sound. Netflix HDR support has been around in other smartphones, but none can say they’ve offered support for Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 as well.

“We engineered the Razer Phone to handle HDR video and sound like no other phone on the market,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “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.”

Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support is mostly reserved for PCs given the limitations that arise with smartphone speakers. With the Razer Phone’s dual stereo certified speakers, this allows it to take advantage of Dolby’s 5.1 system. That means it will be able to utilize the five full-bandwidth channels and one low frequency-effects channel, resulting in a premium sound experience.

Netflix and Razer are continuing their fruitful partnership with an over-the-air update that will add the Netflix widget for quick access as well as the firmware update for the upgraded screen and sound systems.

To take advantage of HDR on the Razer Phone, users will have to have the premium subscription for Netflix. Some of the titles that are available in HDR include the new Will Smith movie Bright and Stranger Things 2.

The Razer Phone update will roll out later this month.

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...