Poco F1 by Xiaomi plays Netflix videos only in 540p and not in HD

Poco F1

Xiaomi’s new sub-brand, POCO, released a new smartphone and it has been the talk of the town for all the right reasons. But today one new revelation has come into light that could possibly be a deal breaker for the smartphone buyers considering POCO F1 in India. It is the capability of not playing HD videos on leading streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Google Play.

Why POCO F1 can’t play HD videos?

You’d think why does POCO F1 can’t play an HD video since it’s quite a standard thing, at least one phones priced above Rs 20,000. Well, unfortunately, the handset doesn’t offer support of Widevine L1 DRM, which necessary to play HD Videos (720p and above) on major streaming apps. In fact, the latest Xiaomi phone comes with the lowest standard among the three – Widevine L1, L2, and L3. Which means only SD (Standard definition) content is playable on this phone.

This flaw on the Pocophone F1 was discovered by Android Pure, and according to this website, this issue of certification can’t be fixed by releasing a software update. The primary reason for these DRM platforms is to prevent the piracy of the content. And unfortunately, the new POCO F1 lacks it.

Jogging up your memory on the POCO F1 specifications, this handset packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, 6.18-inch full-HD+ display, and dual rear cameras (12+5MP). All this is powered by a massive 4000 mAh capacity battery with fast charging support. It has been the talk of the town for its aggressive price tag of Rs 20,999 for the 6GB model. It is the cheapest SD845 enabled handset in India, which is a flagship processor if you didn’t know it already. 

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