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OnePlus 5/5T can now stream HD content, but there's a catch

Welcome to 2018! Everything happens wirelessly, instantly and with one click: it couldn't be easier. Well, this applies to almost everything. The OnePlus 5 and 5T are due an update to bring HD streaming for Netflix and Amazon, and OnePlus has chosen a quaint retro method of delivery.

OnePlus has finally completed the update for HD playback on the OnePlus 5 and 5T. But you cannot install the new firmware yourself. The smartphone must be sent to the manufacturer because OnePlus says that "due to security processes" the update can only be installed via "a physical connection with an authenticated computer". To do this, OnePlus needs your smartphone.

OnePlus covers the costs of sending and receiving and promises that your beloved smartphone will not be out on the road for more than five working days. However, this does not apply to OnePlus customers living outside North America, India, China and Europe.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs. OnePlus 5T / © AndroidPIT

Aside from data harvesting, one of the bigger controversies among OnePlus fans was that the OnePlus 5 smartphones were unable to play HD content from the popular platforms like Netflix, Amazon and Google, even there there was no apparent technical reason for this limitation. Now it's finally possible if you can do without your smartphone for a week.

What do you think about sending OnePlus to your phone to receive the update? 

Source: OnePlus forum

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  • OnePlus...still can't shoot straight. You'd think Oppo would light a fire under their butts, considering they build the phones anyway.


  • storm 5 months ago Link to comment

    It's one plus. There's always a stupid engineering snafu in every release. Their engineers suck.

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