Phones with highest SAR radiation value in 2018

Phones with highest SAR radiation value in 2018
Are our phones safe to use?

This is a question that is very hard to answer: linking cell phone radiation to health problems is no easy task and isolating radiation as the one decisive factor is even harder. And while the industry is quick to dismiss the dangers of cell phone radiation, it's worth taking some precaution. Especially considering that there are a bunch of studies linking the use of laptop computers in the lap with all sorts of problems, including male infertility.

In the case with phones, there is one measurement that you can look to measure the effect a device has on the human body and it's the SAR. SAR stands for specific absorption rate and while it is a ridiculously old and outdated standard (the testing method was conceived in 1996 when there were no smartphones and it hasn't changed since), it does provide at least some measurement.

Phones with higher SAR rating are considered potentially more dangerous, and all phones pass testing to ensure they are below a certain threshold. So what phones have the highest and what phones have the lowest SAR radiation values in 2018? Let's take a look.


Looking at all these values, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is clearly the winner in terms of being the one with lowest SAR rating.

Theoretically, this should translate in the XZ3 being the safest phone to use.

Samsung's Note 9, S9 and S9+ are also rated at very low levels of SAR when used at the head, which is definitely reassuring.

The LG G7 is another phone that has a low SAR rating when used at the head, so those looking for the safest phones, have these as their top options.

Apple's 2018 crop of iPhones have much higher values, but of course, all of these phones fall within the legal limits.

Are you picking phones based on their SAR values and are you concerned with cell phone radiation? Let us know in the comments below.

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56 Comments

1. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Sony has a big marketing problem: the phones they make are so good, yet fall short in sales...

7. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Another big reason is high launch price and within couple of months drobs by 200 300$

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The same is true about Samsung and yet the Koreans have great sales.

12. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The real problem is the media. They nit pick at everything from Sony. And some media love Apple and automatically put down anything from Sony. Sony has some great devices. PhoneArena is a prime example. They push Apple, and put down everything else. The other thing to note is Apple's latest iPhones are using Intel modems, and they are failing to connect still.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That's only in your head; XZ line was been given great reviews by the media. Well Apple's products deserve all the praises they get for being so good. And for the last thing: you believe that schmuck that refuses to get his phone fixed? There's nothing wrong with the Intel modems.

25. Subie

Posts: 2355; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

@Atechguy0 Asus Zenfone 5q Asus ROG LG v35 ThinQ Galaxy Note9 Google Pixel 3/3XL Huawei Mate 20 Pro Oneplus 6T All these phones were well received and got positive scores by PA IMO. Or is it that if a phone receives a score lower than iPhone by even .1 it means "put down"...?

51. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Sony does not make good phones that's why the review sucks. Samsung makes great phones so it can demand a high price and sell high volumes.

38. Farcaster

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

I may be in the minority, but I've had very bad luck with Sony phones with issues such as overheating, self-cracking screen, battery drain, software issues.... I also see many others who share my sentiments. Maybe they've improved over time, but just my experience. The phones I've had were Xperia Z, Z1, Z4.

44. Ichimoku

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

That was the ancient one. We're talking about XZ here. But, I really appreciate your opinion dude. Happy New year for everyone here.

55. janolsen

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

Sony never does well in camera tests, though they supply good lenses to their competitors. Camera is the only reason to pay a big price for a phone. If pure computing performance is the goal, than the Pocophone seems pretty good for the price. SAR value performance seekers are likely a very small client segment.

2. Rocket

Posts: 642; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Good info!

3. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Glad to see Samsung among the lowest.

45. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

No wonder the isheep keep buying Apple products. Their heads are messed up with all these radiations

52. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

This article is another reason why people shouldn't buy iphones and chinese junk. Besides spyware, there's also health risks. Sony phones are also pure garbage despite their low SAR

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Sony makes one of the finest quality phones out there but unfortunately their marketing is almost non existent. Quality over quantity for me.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

i use speaker phone more often than not.

16. mel0524

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

My question is where is this testing can be found on every single phones? For us to know what SAR rating before we buy it. I think that is very important for us to know and for us to decide if we will buy it or not, to compare to other SAR phones rating on each one. Hope FCC has to implement to all manufacture to put in the box a written statement a warning SAR rating for every single phone come out in U.S or any part of the world.

17. 44alexsmith

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

What is the SAR rating for the Xperia XZ4?

18. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Look it up on the specs sheet here.

19. BGChicago

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

There is a problem with this statistic: manufacturers are allowed to make the measurements with certain distance from the body/skin or full contact. It has to be withing 10mm of the body. I know for a fact, Samsung measures further away (I think it was 7mm) vs Apple (no advocating for them) and basically no one measures in full contact. The distances is usually hard to find so it's hard if not impossible to compare.

21. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Flashy cars and Samsung phones. Don't get more ghetto than that, folks.

24. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Of course it does. Gold iPhones.

22. niteiknight

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

All this complaining over which phone has the lowest SAR rating, when no one except the author touched on a critical point: the SAR rating system is outdated. We're basing safety concerns and getting into petty iOS vs Android fights over a system that hasn't seen an update since 1996, and doesn't take into account modern technology. Personally, I think there's something wrong with this.

23. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Looks like I will buy Samsung phones from now on. Great values.

31. Jrod99

Posts: 715; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I don’t talk a whole lot and when I do I use Bluetooth. Unless Bluetooth kills you too?

35. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Good seeing my Pocophone as the runner up.

46. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

This is such a funny article. Not just it's full of misleading information, but the comment section is even better. I am so glad world is full of experts when it comes to radiation.

47. paceman

Posts: 38; Member since: May 23, 2013

Do not forget that higher SAR gives better reception!

48. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

So why are iPhones one of the worst, when it comes to signal quality?

49. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It will be much better if you sort that list.. IMO, SAR value is irrelevant with tech we have today, there's no need to worry about it, all modern smartphone have much lower SAR value than old dumb phone (like 1.7W/kg on blackberry bold)

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