- Google limited the Pixel 2 XL to 1080p60 HDR playback due to performance issues.
- Support for 1440p60 HDR has been added to the Pixel 3 XL.
YouTube started to support HDR playback on a select number of smartphones just over a year ago. While the second-gen Pixels were supported, the Pixel 2 XL with its QHD display and other high-end smartphones were limited to 1080p60 HDR playback due to performance issues.
The news of the playback support for the Pixel 3 XL comes on the heels of Google bringing back the 1440p60 HDR playback option to some Samsung flagship smartphones such as the Note 9 and Galaxy S9/S9+.
Unfortunately, Google doesn’t appear to have retroactively brought 1440p60 support to the Pixel 2 XL. This doesn’t mean that the search giant sometime in the future. And, of course, the smaller Pixel 3 is limited to 1080p60 HDR as the phone’s display only supports 1080p playback.
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