“This issue stems from the missing Widevine Level 1 DRM support”
OnePlus has been riding the wave of success in India following the launch of its much awaited OnePlus 5T (review). Now, the brand is all set to launch the Star Wars Limited Edition of the OnePlus 5T in India on December 14th, after announcing it at Comic Con in Bengaluru. However, while the 5T brings an improved 18:9 FHD+ display over its predecessor, it appears that the device is unable to stream HD content from some video streaming services.
The issue was pointed out in the OnePlus Forums, and first reported by The Verge. Surprisingly, it has been noted that both the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 are missing support for Widevine Level 1 DRM, which many services require to stream HD content. As a result, the devices cannot stream content from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Google Play Movies in high definition. They currently support Widevide Level 3, which only covers SD streams. The Verge reached out for OnePlus, who confirmed the issue. The brand has said that it will roll out an update to bring support for the Widevine Level 1, however, no timeline was given for the same. Moreover, OnePlus also did not give any explanation as to why the support was missing in the first place.
To recap, the OnePlus 5T comes with a nearly identical spec sheet as the OnePlus 5 (review), with a Snapdragon 835 SoC and two RAM and storage variants – 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB. It gets a 16MP Sony IMX 398 primary snapper at the rear, accompanied by a 20MP IMX 376K sensor. Both the cameras have an aperture of f/1.7 and a focal length of 27.22mm. For selfies, there is a 16MP camera on the front panel. The other specs of the phone include an all-metal unibody design, a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual-SIM 4G LTE, VoLTE and a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support.