In today’s time, we all are surrounded by technology all the time, throughout the day, working, being entertained, watching movies, scrolling through our news feed! And yes, most people don’t take into account the bad side of technology. Radiations, never thought about that, huh? Well most people don’t know or care about this, with such hectic schedules, we barely even notice difference in our health. For most of the people nowadays, their smartphone is within their arm’s reach 24/7. With this level of proximity and usage, some things should be taken with more seriousness. These phones, that are always with us, emit a certain amount of radiation and that’s what we’ll talk about today!
According to a research conducted by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz), The list of top smartphones emitting the most radiation has been compiled by Statista! Statista has also compiled a list showcasing smartphones that emit the least amount of radiation, which will talk about later in the blog. Based on the data that has been provided by the German body, the list is majorly dominated by models by Xiaomi and OnePlus, whereas Samsung phones are found to lead the range of least radiation-emitting models. Particularly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has emerged as the lowest radiation-emitting phone with a specific absorption rate (SAR) of 0.17 watts per kilogram.(Yep, the radiation emitted is measured in watts per kilogram, just remember the numbers, the safety levels will be specified at the last)
The list published by Statista shows that the Xiaomi Mi A1 (₹ 9,699) emits the most radiation with a specific absorption rate of 1.74 watts per kilogram, while the OnePlus 5T comes in second and has an absorption rate of 1.68 watts per kilogram. Falling down below is the Mi Max 3 with the specific absorption rate of 1.58 watts per kilogram. The OnePlus 6T (₹ 37,999), which is OnePlus’ latest flagship, is also amongst the top five phones emitting the highest level of radiation with an absorption rate of 1.55 watts per kilogram.
Xiaomi and OnePlus are featured heavily in the list of phones emitting the highest radiation — with eight of the top 16 mobile phones carrying one of their brands. However, the list of smartphones also includes the glorious iPhone 7 (₹ 37,999) with an absorption rate of 1.38 watts per kilogram which is just next to the OnePlus 5 that has 1.39 watts per kilogram of specific absorption rate.
Statista has also showcased premium models, including the Apple iPhone 8 (₹ 58,999), Google Pixel 3 XL (₹ 71,739), and the Pixel 3 (₹ 62,399), that all emit high levels of radiation. However, there is no Samsung mobile phones on the list.
In contrast, Statista also compiled a list of phones emitting the least radiation which does highlight a list of Samsung models, including the Galaxy S8+(₹ 41,800), Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy A8 (2018), and the Galaxy S9+. It also features models such as the LG G7 ThinQ (₹ 52,000), ZTE Axon Elite, HTC U11 Life, and Moto G5 Plus(₹ 11,399) that emit significantly less radiation when compared to other smartphones.
Though, there are’t any universal guidelines for a safe level of phone radiation. The German certification for environmental friendliness called ‘Der Blaue Engel’ (Blue Angel) only certifies models that come with a specific absorption rate of fewer than 0.60 watts per kilogram. Still, All of the mobiles phones featured in here have more than double of what is recommended.
You can take a look at the complete database of phones made by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection to check the level of radiation your smartphone emits.