Smartphones have become an integral part of many people’s everyday lives, for good reason. Because practically everyone in our part of the world has a smartphone, some even two or more, in their pocket, there are constant discussions about cell phone radiation and how harmful they are to humans. Connect magazine has examined 170 smartphones and published their SAR value and radiation factor in a long list. Perhaps an important consideration for some people when making a purchasing decision.
At a time when cell phones were still “cell phones” and were spreading rapidly, they kept making headlines. Cell phone radiation the rounds and wanted to drive people crazy, similar to today’s fake 5G horror reports. The real risk of radiation has yet to be proven or disproved, but it has disappeared from the minds of most people and the media. However, this does not mean that devices will not continue to be examined and evaluated according to these values.
Radiation from mobile phones is measured in watts per kilogram and can vary widely with different models and manufacturers. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection classifies devices with less than 0.6 watts per kilogram as low radiation. However, this value is only achieved by a little more than half of all smartphones. However, the SAR value used for this is specified by the manufacturers themselves.
It should not be forgotten that the SAR value reflects a maximum value and does not necessarily correspond to everyday life. Exposure to radiation depends on many factors, but on average it is well below the values specified by manufacturers. For this reason, the Connect team tested all smartphones with a large test setup, measured them in all directions, and used the average values for the radiation factor.
You can find the description of the experimental setup and the full list of 170 smartphones on Connect. These are just the ten smartphones with the lowest and highest radiation exposure, as well as the positions and values of the Google Pixel smartphones.
Top 10 smartphones with the lowest radiation (SAR / factor)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (0.187 / -0.92)
- Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) (0.241 / -0.91)
- Samsung Galaxy S8 + (0.260 / -0.87)
- Samsung Galaxy S8 (0.315 / -0.87)
- Samsung Galaxy A80 (0.220 / -0.86)
- Samsung Galaxy S9 + (0.294 / -0.86)
- LG G8X ThinQ (0.270 / -0.85)
- Wiko View 2 Go (0.287 / -0.85)
- Samsung Galaxy S9 (0.362 / -0.85)
- Samsung Galaxy A90 5G (0.377 / -0.85)
Top 10 Smartphones with Strongest Radiation (SAR / Factor)
- Realme 6 Pro (1.19 / 4.76)
- Asus Zenfone 6 (1.57 / 2.32)
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro (0.99 / 0.86)
- Gigaset GS195 (1,459 / 0.73)
- Google Pixel 4 (1.19 / 0.51)
- HTC U12 Life (1,482 / 0.5)
- Google Pixel 3 (1.49 / 0.47)
- Apple iPhone 12 (0.98 / 0.43)
- Oppo Find X2 Neo (0.825 / 0.42)
- Apple iPhone XS 512 GB (0.99 / 0.41)
Google smartphone placement (SAR / factor)
- Pixel 3a (0.72 / -0.55)
- Pixel 3a XL (1.17 / -0.39)
- Pixel 4a (1.37 / -0.32)
- Pixel 4a XL (1.17 / -0.31)
- Pixel 5 (0.96 / -0.03)
- Pixel 3 XL (1.39 / 0.34)
- Pixel 3 (1.39 / 0.47)
- Pixel 4 (1.19 / 0.51)
Google is in the lowest places, but it is still below the critical limit, at least by the average factor.
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