OPPO A91 Netflix, Amazon Prime HD streaming (Widevine L1) isn't supported, updated product page confirms

A few days before Christmas 2019 celebrations kicked off, OPPO took the wraps off the OPPO A91 in China, but fans in other markets had to wait until the new year to get their hands on the budget handset.

Coming in as the company’s new budget king depending on where you are buying it from, the OPPO A91 packs an expansive 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with a 1080p resolution and a modern-day 20:9 aspect ratio.

Up-top housing the 16MP selfie camera is a tiny waterdrop notch that is indeed appealing to the eye and to make the device feel even more premium, the Chinese vendor went with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

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OPPO A91

Around the back lives a quad-lens camera setup with a 48MP primary shooter allied to an 8MP ultrawide lens and a pair of 2MP macro and depth-sensing snappers. To keep it alive, you get a solid 4025mAh battery with support for 20W fast charging technology.

In the official marketing material, OPPO says it takes 30 minutes to charge the phone from 0% to 50%, but this may not be necessarily true. Widevine L1 certification is another aspect of the A91 that OPPO included in the marketing material, claiming support for Netflix and Amazon Prime HD streaming.

Immersive yourself in the AMOLED FHD+ Screen sharp 2400 × 1080 resolution. Watch Youtube, Netflix and Amazon Prime videos in full HD with the Widevine L1 Certificate.

The statement above is what OPPO had in the initial marketing material, indeed suggesting that the OPPO A91 Widevine L1 certification needed for HD streaming was on board. You don’t buy it? Below is a screenshot of the same from the official product page.

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A hawk-eyed fan noticed that while the OPPO A91 Widevine L1 certification was present when checked via the DRM Info app, the Netflix app still shows Widevine L3, meaning no HD streaming as stated in the marketing material.

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DRM Info app says OPPO A91 is Widevine L1 certified (Source)
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Netflix app says otherwise (Source)

PiunikaWeb readers will know that the OPPO A91 Widevine L1 certification issue isn’t unique. There are a bunch of other devices that also have the same issue where Widevine L1 is certified, but still no HD streaming on Netflix. To fix this, Netflix needs to whitelist the phone in question.

It’s likely the same could be true for the A91, especially now that the company has completely changed the initial marketing info to remove the mention of HD streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime HD, as seen in the screengrab below.

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It is also possible that the mention of OPPO A91 Widevine L1 certification in the marketing material was a gimmick or rather a marketing stunt the company pulled to attract more sales. Too bad such is happening from a company that sits in the top six globally.

Update

OPPO has made further changes to the product page of the A91, indeed confirming that the device is only Widevine L3 certified (screenshot below) and not Widevine L1 certified as seen in the screenshot above.

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