19 July 2019
The OnePlus 7 Pro is the latest Android flagship from OnePlus which also happens to be its most expensive release yet. It is packed with different premium features including an HDR-supported display panel with 90Hz refresh rate. It means it is one of the best devices out there for streaming content in the high quality. But if you are planning to unlock the bootloader of the OnePlus 7 Pro, there is something that you should be aware of.
As reported by Android Police, unlocking the OnePlus 7 Pro bootloader will result in losing out on Widevine L1 certification. It is a certification which is checked by video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video before they allow users to stream content in HD quality. It is essentially a DRM protection component for Android and is issued by Google itself.
It means without Widevine L1 certification, streaming apps including Netflix will limit the video quality to 480p. This will be done for all users with an unlocked bootloader and regardless of their subscription plan. Since OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a Quad HD panel, watching a 480p content will look significantly worse with all the blurriness.
So if you have been thinking of having your OnePlus 7 Pro with an unlocked bootloader, this is something which should definitely think about. If you are not a Netflix or any of the major video streaming user, then it definitely does not affect you. As for others, it is something to consider before proceeding.