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. 4K mobile displays or phones with HDR 10 hasn’t been mainstream yet. Experts think that 4K on a mobile screen is 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 screen-displays have become mainstream. Will the same thing happen to 4K mobiles display’s as well? Time will tell.

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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 output resulted in a beautiful contrasty image. Imagine the same for motion pictures and videos. It is just a stunning visual treat to our eyes.

So 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 with the “Ultra HD Premium Standard.”
  • HDR supported content (Games and Videos) that will support the new full-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 top manufacturers. What we think of this is a positive sign since we all know that HDR is the future of all display standards, both big and small. Right now, there are only a handful of phones from top manufacturers that have one at least one smartphone with HDR10 support. So we decided to compile them into a list. So let us explore the list of mobile phones with HDR 10 support.

Top Phones with HDR 10 or Dolby Vision Support

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: (Discontinued By Samsung)

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 only surprises 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 $749.99
Display 5.7 inches QHD display (1440 x 2560 pixel resolution)

S-AMOLED 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
RAM 4 GB RAM
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:

 

Phones with HDR 10

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At $1000, this phone ‘s not really 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 on this phone. Snapdragon 835, UFS 2.0 based internal storage, IP68 certified water resistance are some of its main features. The other distinguishing feature of 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 helped. Here are it’s specifications:

Price $522.50
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

RAM 4 GB RAM
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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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 set up 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 $369.99
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

RAM 4 GB RAM
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

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8: (HDR10)

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Just when we were contemplating the sad demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup, they are back with a bang. The Galaxy Note 8 is a humongous screen with a body ration of 83.2%. Also, just like its predecessor, they did not give HDR10 a skip for the Note 8. Unlike the LG G6, Samsung decided to opt for the open HDR10 standard for this one and boy it looks gorgeous.

Just as you would expect, 3D touch and a stylus make the experience better than its competitors, if there is one!

Here are its high-level specifications below:

Price $749.99
Display 6.3 inches QHD display (1440×2960 pixel resolution)

Super-AMOLED screen with 10 Bit Color Depth (HDR10) Static Bitrate

“Always-on” Display & 3D Touch

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Screen Protection

Chipset   /Processor Qualcomm ‘MSM8998’ Snapdragon 835

Exynos 8895 Octa @ 4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz

Snapdragon 835 @ ‘4×2.35’ GHz Kryo & ‘4×1.9 GHz Kryo’

Internal Storage 64-128-256 GB UFS 2.1 Internal memory

Expandable up to 256GB with SIM2 slot

RAM 6 GB RAM
Primary Camera Dual-12 MP Camera with 26-mm, f/1.7 & Phase Detect & 52mm, f/2.4 – AF

OIS with Dual Tone LED flash

Sensor Size: 1/2.55″ sensor size & 1.4 µm pixel size (Dual 12 MP)

Front Camera 8 MP, f: 1.7 @ f/1.7 ( Sensor Size: 1/3.6″)

1.22 µm pixel size

Battery Capacity Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the Samsung flagship phones of 2017 is a great smartphone option out there in the market. It features a 5.8 inches Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution at 570 PPI. The colors, saturation, and contrast are amazing. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and is HDR10 compliant. It runs on Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and is upgradable to Oreo 8.0.

It comes with Snapdragon 835 processor in USA and China. In EMEA countries, the phone packs SD 835 equivalent Exynos 8895 processor. The phone packs 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage which is further expandable up to 400 GB using the Hybrid SIM slot. Both the S8 and S8+ are IP68 certified that makes it dustproof and waterproof up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

The Galaxy S8 has one of the best cameras among the smartphones. On the rear side, it has got 12 MP, and on the front side, it comes with 8 MP which supports dual video call. The S8 comes with USB 3.1 Type-C port for charging and data transfer. You get Bluetooth 5.0 and Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging. Talking about the sensors, it has Iris Scanner, fingerprint scanner (rear mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, and SpO2. The phone gets it to power from a 3000 mAh Li-ion battery.

Coming to the S8 Plus which is the elder brother of the S8, has got a bigger 6.2 inches Super AMOLED display. The S8+ gets a bigger 3500 mAh battery. It comes in two variants 4 GB RAM with 64 GB internal and 6 GB RAM with 128 GB internal. Rest of the things are the same in both, the S8 and S8+

 Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Specifications$515.90 – S8

$549.99 – S8+

Display 5.8 inches Super AMOLED (S8)
6.2 inches Super AMOLED (S8+)
1440 x 2960 pixels resolution
HDR10 compliant
CPU Exynos 8895
Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) – EMEAQualcomm Snapdragon 835
Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – USA and China
GPU  Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEA
Adreno 540 – USA & China
RAM 4 GB (S8)
4 GB or 6 GB (S8+)
Inbuilt Storage 64 GB( S8)
64 GB or 128 GB (S8+)
Rear Camera  12 MP (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5-inch, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) with OIS
Front Camera  8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6-inch, 1.22µm), dual video call
Operating System Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Battery 3000 mAh (S8)
3500 mAh (S8+)

Samsung Galaxy S9

The S9 has got even better and powerful over its predecessor. The narrow bezels and curved display give this phone a stylish and appealing look. The Galaxy S9 features a 5.8-inch  Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution at 570 PPI density. The display is HDR10 compliant and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It runs on Android Oreo 8.0 OS out of the box. One of the best SoC powers the S9 till date, SD 845 in USA and China. In EMEA countries, the phone gets an equivalent Exynos 9810 processor.

The best processor when coupled with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 630 GPU gives an outstanding performance. 64 GB and 128 GB inbuilt storage capacity which can be further expandable up to 400 GB using the SIM 2 slot. The phone gets 12 MP camera on the rear side and 8 MP camera on the front side. Rest of the things like sensors, battery, and ports are same just like in Galaxy S8.

 Samsung Galaxy S9 Specifications

$719.00

Display 5.8 inches Super AMOLED,
1440 x 2960 pixels resolution at 570 PPI density,
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
CPU Exynos 9810
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEASnapdragon 845 –
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China
GPU  Mali-G72 MP18
Adreno 630
RAM  4 GB
Inbuilt Storage  64/128 GB
Rear Camera 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.5 inches, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF)
Front Camera  8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22µm)
Operating System  Android 8.0 Oreo
Battery  3000 mAh

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The Galaxy S9 Plus features a 6.2 inches Super AMOLED display which is HDR10 compliant. Just like the S8 and S9, it also comes with IP68 certification which means that it is dustproof and waterproof up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.  Runs on Android Oreo 8.0 and powered by the same processor. But the RAM has been increased to 6 GB in S9+ and is available in three storage variants 64/128/256 GB.

One of the significant change in the S9 Plus is the dual camera on the rear side with dual 12 MP + 12 MP sensors with 2x optical zoom. On the front side, it gets an 8 MP camera that can record video at 1440 at 30 fps.

 Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus  Specifications$819.12
Display  6.2 inches Super AMOLED
1440 x 2960 pixels resolution at 529 PPI density
HDR10 compliant
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPU Exynos 9810
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEAQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China
GPU Mali-G72 MP18
Adreno 630
RAM  6 GB
Inbuilt Storage  64/128/256 GB
Rear Camera Dual: 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55-inch, 1.4µm)+ 12 MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6-inch, 1µm, AF) with OIS
Front Camera  8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6-inch, 1.22µm)
Operating System   Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Battery  3500 mAH

LG V30 and V30 Plus (V30s ThinQ)

LG V30 and V30+ come with HDR10 compliant display. LG V30 features a 6 inches P-OLED display with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution at 537 PPI density. The phone has a screen to body ratio of around 81.2%. It runs on Android 7.0 Naugat and is upgradable to Android Oreo 8.0. It is equipped with Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor with Adreno 540 GPU. The phone is available in two variants; the V30 comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB inbuilt storage. The V30+ also have same 4 GB of RAM, but you get 128 GB inbuilt storage capacity.

The phone features a dual camera on the rear side with 16 MP and 13 MP sensor and a 5 MP camera on the front side. This is not the best camera phone but takes good shots in all lighting conditions. It comes with Quick Charge 3.0 for fast and efficient charging using the reversible Type-C 1.0 connector. The phone is powered by a 3300 mAh Li-Pro battery and weighs 158 grams. The phone is IP68 certified; it is dustproof and waterproof up to 1.5 meters in fresh water for 30 minutes.

Recently, LG has announced a hardware improvement update to the LG V30 and V30+. The new phones will come with LG V30S ThinQ and LG V30S+ name. Most of the things are the same so that we will mention only the changes. Both the phones come with 6 GB of RAM which is 2 GB more as compared to the older one. The V30s have 128 GB inbuilt storage, and V30s+ has 256 GB inbuilt storage capacity. Also, few changes in the software have been made like AI camera features, better voice command functionality and a few extra color options to choose from.

LG V30 and V30+ Specifications$544.40
Display 6 inches P-OLED,
1440 x 2880 pixels (~537 PPI density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
CPU Qualcomm  Snapdragon 835
Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU  Adreno 540
RAM  4 GB  (V30 and V30+)
6 GB (V30s ThinQ and V30s+)
Inbuilt Storage  64 GB (V30)
128 GB (V30+)
128 GB (V30s ThinQ)
256 GB (V30s+)
Rear Camera  Dual: 16 MP (f/1.6, 1µm, 3-axis OIS, PDAF) + 13 MP (f/1.9, no AF)
Front Camera  5 MP (f/2.2, 1/5″, 1.12µm)
Operating System Android 7.1.2 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Battery  3300 mAh Li-Pro

Sony Xperia XZ1

Sony Xperia XZ1 is a small form factor phone that might look outdated but packs powerful hardware and a high-quality HDR10 compliant display. It features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD Triluminos display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. The phone is IP68 certified so you can capture photos and take calls in the swimming pool also. It is equipped with Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU. The phone packs 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 400 GB using the SIM 2 slot.

The main USP of Sony Xperia XZ1 is its camera. On the rear side, it has a 19 MP camera with Gyro EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization). The front camera is of 13 MP also comes with Gyro EIS. The Gyro based EIS remove the shakiness in the videos when the phone camera is moving. The phone has Bluetooth 5.0, side mounted fingerprint scanner and supports Quick Charge 3.0 using the Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. A 2700 mAh battery lasts for a whole day with moderate usage.

This phone might seem outdated when every smartphone is making bezel-less large display phones. But if you are looking for something more compact and durable with HDR10 compliant screen Sony Xperia XZ1 is a great option.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Specifications

$499.99

Display 5.2 inches IPS LCD
1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~424 PPI density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
HDR10 compliant
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU  Adreno 540
RAM  4 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage  64 GB expandable up to 400 GB
Rear Camera 19 MP (f/2.0, 25mm, 1/2.3″, 1.22µm), Gyro EIS
Front Camera  13 MP (f/2.0, 22mm, 1/3″), gyro EIS, 1080p
Operating System   Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Battery  Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh

Honorable Mention – The iPhone!

Apple iPhone X

For all the Apple lovers here, we have iPhone X which comes with the HDR10 compliant notched screen. After Apple’s notched display, we see more and more phones following the same pattern. iPhone X is the best iPhone coming out of the Apple factory. It features a 5.8 inches Super AMOLED display with 1125 x 2436 pixels resolution at 458 PPI density. The phone has a screen to body ratio of around 82.9% and has an aspect ratio of 19:5:9.

The iPhone X is IP67 certified which means it is dustproof and waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It is a single Nano-SIM device that weighs 174 grams which can be easily operated with one hand. Out of the box, this phone runs on iOS 11.1.1 and is upgradable to iOS 11.3. It is powered by the Apple A11 Bionic chip which is a 2.39 GHz Hexa-core chips. The A11 is coupled with 3 GB of RAM. You get two inbuilt storage options 64 GB and 256 GB.

The iPhone X features a dual camera on the rear side with 12 MP + 12 MP sensors with OIS and 2x optical zoom. On the front panel, it comes with 7 MP camera that records 1080p videos at 30fps. Apple has dumped the 3.5 mm headphone jack, and for 3.5 mm headphones, you can use the Lightning to a 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter. It has got Bluetooth 5.0 and quick charging support. The phone gets its power from a 2716 mAh Li-ion battery which gives average backup. It gets stereo speakers and dedicated mic with active noise cancellation.

Apple iPhone X Specifications$1,099.00

Display  5.8 inches Super AMOLED
1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 PPI density)
82.9 % screen to body ratio
Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
CPU  Apple A11 Bionic
Hexa-core 2.39 GHz (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
GPU  Apple GPU (three-core graphics)
RAM 3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage  64/256 GB
Rear Camera  Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 28mm) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 52mm), OIS
2x optical zoom, quad-LED dual-tone flash
Front Camera 7 MP (f/2.2, 32mm), 1080p@30fps and 720p@240fps
Operating System  iOS 11.1.1, upgradable to iOS 11.3
Battery  2716 mAh (10.35 Wh)

Conclusion:

We expect some more Phones with HDR 10 or Dolby Vision display tech shortly. 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!

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