Top Android Mobile Phones with HDR 10 or Dolby Vision Display Tech

Smartphones have come a long way over the years. From “128 x 128” pixel displays in the Nokia 3200 to “3840 x 2160” pixel display phones with HDR 10. The evolution of display tech over the last decade has been tremendous, to say the least. 4K mobile displays or phones with HDR 10 hasn’t been mainstream yet. Experts think that 4K on a mobile screen is an overkill. I still remember a similar story around FHD 1080 displays to be overkill for smartphones a couple of years ago. In today’s time, 1080 displays have become mainstream. Will the same thing happen to 4K mobiles display’s as well? Time will tell.


But when it comes to HDR or “High Dynamic Range” display’s it is an entirely different scenario. With the help of HDR complaint displays, we are expected to see an expanded color gamut and a higher contrast range. The color reproduction is crisp and clear. The lighter and darker shades are further apart, reproducing a higher contrast. It is a natural evolution from the current SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) technology that we see in today’s displays. We all got our first hands-on with HDR in photography. Skilled photographer merged three different images shot with different exposure settings. The combined image resulted in a contrasty beautiful image. Imagine the same for motion pictures and videos. It is just a stunning visual treat to our eyes.

So just to summarize, here are the main highlights for HDR tech.

  • More color depth of either 10 Bit or 12 Bit per channel.
  • Minimum brightness of 1000 cd/m2 complying to “Ultra HD Premium Standard.”
  • HDR supported content (Games and Videos) that will support the extra wide color spectrum.

Currently, there are two HDR standards in the market.

  • Dolby Vision with 12 Bit Color Depth (Dynamic Metadata)
  • HDR10 open standard with 10 Bit Color Depth (Static Metadata)

As you can see, HDR tech is not dependent on the display size or resolution, but rather its a standard for displays of all types. As for mobile phones with HDR 10, we had the first taste of it in the now extinct Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But due to its faulty battery, Samsung had to discontinue the phone as we all know.

Phones with HDR 10

The brilliant display of the Galaxy Note 7 was overshadowed by its battery problem which was unfortunate. However, HDR displays are back in 2017 from other manufacturers. What we think of this is a positive sign since we all know that HDR is the future of all displays, both big and small. Right now, there are only a handful of phones from top manufacturers that has one phone with HDR10 support. So we decided to compile them in a list. So let us explore the list of mobile phones with HDR 10 support.

Top Phones with HDR 10 or Dolby Vision Support

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 7:

Phones with HDR 10

We kick off this list with the now extinct Samsung Galaxy S7. So everything about this phone is in past tense. The first thing you would have noticed when you held this phone in your hand is the brilliant display. The 5.7″ “Quad-HD” SAMOLED display with HDR10 simply stupefies you. The entire user experience is butter smooth without any hiccups or stuttering. With top of the line Octa-Core CPU, fast charging over USB-C, and a 64 GB UFS 2.0 internal storage made it one of the best phablets of 2016. Too bad, this beauty did not last long due to faulty batteries. Here is a quick spec sheet below:

Price $799.00
Display 5.7 inches QHD display (1440 x 2560 pixel resolution)

SAMOLED capacitive screen with 10 Bit Color Depth (HDR10)

10-point multi-touch support

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection (Front Display and Back Panel)

Chipset   /Processor Exynos 8890 Octa-Core CPU 4×2.3 GHz (Mongoose) +4* A53 2.0 GHz Cortex A53
Internal Storage 64 GB, expandable up to 256 GB using SIM 2 slot
Primary Camera 12 MP, OIS f/1.7 & 26mm Wide

Sensor Size: 1/2.5″

Pixel size: 1.4 µm

Front Camera 5 MP, f: 1.7 @ 22mm
Battery Capacity Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
Operating System Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

2. Sony Xperia XZ Premium:

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Phones with HDR 10

At $1000, this phone isn’t exactly what you would call cheap. But the feature that stands out the most is its brilliant screen. The 4K display with 801 pixels per inch is something that can be looked under an electron microscope. However, the lack of 4K mobile content somewhat downplays the brilliance of its screen to an extent. As expected, all other specifications are top notch in this phone. Snapdragon 835, UFS 2.0 based internal storage, IP68 certified water resistance are some of its top features. The other distinguishing feature on this phone is its camera. Sony went all out with the camera on this one and the image quality certainly exceeded our expectations. The 19-megapixel gyro based EIS takes smooth videos without a glitch. The 3230 mAh battery, however, is a disappointment. The screen uses up almost 40% of the battery and a larger one would have definitely helped. Here are it’s specifications:

Price $949
Display 5.46 inches 4K display (3840 x 2160 pixel resolution)

IPS LCD capacitive screen with 10 Bit Color Depth (HDR10)

10-point multi-touch support

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection

Chipset   /Processor Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core CPU

“4 x 2.45” GHz Kryo & “4 x 1.9” GHz Kryo

GPU: Adreno 540

Internal Storage 64 GB UFS 2.1 Storage

Expandable up to 256 GB using SIM 2 slot

Primary Camera 19 MP, EIS (gyro) f 2.0 & 25mm Wide

Sensor Size: 1/2.3″

Pixel size: 1.4 µm

Front Camera 13 MP, f: 2.2 @ 22mm

Sensor Size: 1/3″

Pixel size: 1.12 µm

Battery Capacity Non-removable Li-Ion 3230 mAh battery
Operating System Android 7.1 Marshmallow

2. LG G6: (Dolby Vision Tech)

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Phones with HDR 10

LG’s latest 2017 flagship comes with a  5.7-inch QHD+ display, with a resolution of 1440×2880 pixels. The HDR tech gives you deeper colors and a wider color range. However, when you start comparing this flagship with other flagships, you will be a tad disappointed with the screen. Also, unlike other flagships, this phone does not come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor. Instead, it comes with the older Snapdragon 821 processor which is quite a disappointment, especially to the loyal LG fans. LG has been experimenting with their phones a lot and this year is no exception. The company changed the camera setup this year with a dual 13 MP camera setup (One Wide-angle). With optical image stabilization, handheld video recording is a breeze.

Here are its high-level specifications:

Price $557
Display 5.7 inches QHD display (1440×2880 pixel resolution)

IPS LCD capacitive screen with 12 Bit Color Depth (Dolby Vision)

10-point multi-touch support

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Screen Protection

Chipset   /Processor Snapdragon 821 Octa-Core CPU

Quadcore 2x 2.35GHz, 2x 1.6GHz processor

GPU: Adreno 530

Internal Storage 32/64 GB internal memory

Expandable up to 256GB with SIM2 slot

Primary Camera 13 MP dual camera with f/1.8+f/2.4,

Phase detection, Optical Zoom, OIS and Dual Tone LED flash

Sensor Size: 1/3″ sensor size & 1.12 µm pixel size (Dual 13 MP)

Front Camera 5 MP, f: 2.2 @ 22mm


Battery Capacity Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery
Operating System Android 7.0 Marshmallow


We expect some more Phones with HDR 10 or Dolby Vision display tech in the near future. As on when they are released in the market, we will update this list. We hope you like this post. For any comments or suggestions, please use the comment box below. Cheers!