Seeing true HDR videos (specifically the Peru one) streaming from the newly updated Youtube app on an S8 was breathtaking. The significant improvement over a non-HDR capable device even made me check to see if there was a problem with my S7's screen & display settings. The contrast between dark shadows and bright colors in the same shot was huge, while the contrast between separate color hues was just as impressive. The benefit of HDR was much larger than resolution IMO; I would pick even the 480p HDR option over a full 1440p non-HDR one after having experienced both.
One of my first thoughts were how much bigger an impact HDR would be in VR, since its goal is ultimately that of more accurate depictions of images as they can appear in real life, a.k.a. immersion. Watching the video was more like peering into a window. I can only imagine the effect of viewing VR with HDR enabled.
Has there been any development or attention internally on supporting HDR for compatible devices, like S8/+/Note 8?
S7 Exynos Nougat. 2015 & 2017 Gear VR.