Since the release of the OnePlus 5T, this is one of the earliest issues that has been reported for this smartphone. While OnePlus may have had other issues ranging from privacy troubles to security deception, these issues had nothing to do with OP 5T directly. A new thread has been opened on the OnePlus forum seeking to know why the $500 OnePlus 5T cannot stream High Definition (HD) video’s on popular platforms like Netflix and Google Play. This smartphone has an HD-capable display and its hardware is definitely strong enough for HD streaming thus it is more like a mystery that it only allows standard definition (SD) resolution on Netflix and Google Play.
On the thread, all ideas point to the possibility that OP5T does not support Widevine Level 1 DRM and this is exactly what many streaming service providers need for HD streaming. OP 5T comes with support for Widevine Level 3 and with this, the best you can get is standard definition streams. This setback is not limited to OnePlus 5T as OP 5, OP 3 and OP 3T are also affected. However, OnePlus has made a statement via its spokesperson who said that the feature (Widevine Level 1 DRM) was skipped right from the production process of this smartphone although no reason was given for that. He further stated that this issue will be resolved soon via a software update for OnePlus 5 and 5T. It is yet to be seen what happens to OnePlus 3 and 3T because these smartphones also have this issue.