Is your smartphone emitting more radiation than the required benchmarks?

Nowadays, we are living in the age of technology. Companies always try to provide new services and products to engage a variety of audience. Now people rely on almost everything on digital devices.

Sometimes, we without even realizing use digital devices on a daily basis, especially smartphone. Smartphones help us to perform the majority of the tasks within a few taps on the screen. But what we don’t know is that these digital devices despite the fact to help us with daily chores can also be harmful to our body and mind if utilized more than usual.

Smartphone with Most radiations

For almost every person, the smartphones are attached with the hands 24 hours a day. While people work, they keep their phones inside their pockets and in the hand while going towards home or before going to sleep. This addiction to smartphones and the closeness of these digital devices with the human body can increase the risk of damages to the body. Although there is still no detailed research on the effects of cellphone radiations, however, Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection) has detailed insight on the phones that emit the most radiation when held to the ear while talking to someone over the phone.

The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection has a detailed database of new and old smartphones and the level of radiation they emit.

According to the chart, Chinese Smartphone vendor named Xiaomi has the highest level of radiation in its Mi A1 device. Another Xiaomi phone the Mi Max 3 takes the second place with highest radiation-emitting. According to the list, the Chinese companies have the most smartphones emitting radiations and even Apple phones like iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are also on the list along with Google smartphones of Pixel series. Here's the complete and updated list:

The Phones Emitting the Most Radiation
  1. Xiaomi Mi A1 (1.75)
  2. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 (1.58)
  3. One Plus 6T (1.55)
  4. HTC U12 LIFE (1.48)
  5. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (1.45)
  6. Xperia XA2 Plus (1.41)
  7. Google Pixel 3 XL (1.39)
  8. Xiaomi Mi 9/9 SE (1.39)
  9. iPhone 7 (1.38)
  10. Xperia XZ1 Compact (1.36)
  11. HTC Desire 12/12+ (1.34)
  12. Xiaomi Mi 9T (1.34)
  13. Google Pixel 3 (1.33)
  14. iPhone 8 (1.32)
  15. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (1.29)
  16. ZTE Axon 7 mini (1.29)
There is no universal rule book regarding a safe level for smartphone radiation, the German certification for environmental friendliness ‘Der Blaue Engel’ only approves smartphones with absorption rates of less than 0.60 watts per kilogram and all the phones in the list contain more than double (and triple) the amount approved by German certification.

Phones with the least Radiation

You already know about the phones with maximum radiations now let’s discuss the smartphones which emit the least radiations. We still don’t have any official guidelines regarding steps to minimize emitting of radiations from smartphones but this chart with the least radiations might help identify the devices that can help us minimize the risks.

This list were created on the basis of radiations emitted by phones when held to the ear during a call. The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection created this database of all new and old smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the ZTE Axon Elite are the phones which emit the least radiations with an absorption rate of 0.17 watts per kilogram. Along Samsung, Nokia handsets also feature prominently in this list whereas 2 Apple phones were displayed in the list of smartphones emitted the highest radiations. Here's the complete list:

The Phones Emitting the Least Radiation
  1. ZTE Axon Elite (0.17)
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (0.17)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (0.19)
  4. Nokia 6 (0.21)
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (0.21)
  6. Nokia 8 (0.22)
  7. Nokia 3.2 (0.24)
  8. Nokia 2 (0.24)
  9. LG G7 ThinQ (0.24)
  10. Samsung Galaxy A8 (0.24)
  11. Samsung Galaxy M20 (0.25)
  12. Nokia 7.1 (0.26)
  13. Honor 7A (0.26)
  14. Samsung Galaxy S10 (0.26)
  15. Samsung Galaxy S8+ (0.26)
  16. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (0.26)
The services and products companies offer to people is making them depend more on smartphones to perform a variety of tasks. There is no fix hard rules for a safe level of phone radiations but according to the benchmark of 0.60 watts per kilogram is a safe level, and the above-mentioned phones all show absorption rates lower than the benchmark created by German Certification for environmental friendliness.

Phones Emitting Least Radiations
Absorption rate (in watts per kilogram)
Phones Emitting Most Radiations
Absorption rate (in watts per kilogram)
ZTE Axon Elite
0.17
Xiaomi Mi A1
1.75
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
0.17
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
1.58
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
0.19
One Plus 6T
1.55
Nokia 6
0.21
HTC U12 LIFE 
1.48
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
0.21
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
1.45
Nokia 8
0.22
Xperia XA2 Plus
1.41
Nokia 3.2
0.24
Google Pixel 3 XL
1.39
Nokia 2
0.24
Xiaomi Mi 9/9 SE
1.39
LG G7 ThinQ
0.24
iPhone 7
1.38
Samsung Galaxy A8
0.25
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
1.36
Samsung Galaxy M20
0.25
HTC Desire 12/12+
1.34
Nokia 7.1
0.26
Xiaomi Mi 9T
1.34
Honor 7A
0.26
Google Pixel 3
1.33
Samsung Galaxy S10
0.26
iPhone 8
1.32
Samsung Galaxy S8+
0.26
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
1.29
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
0.26
ZTE AXON 7 mini
1.29

Previous list that was published in February 2019 can be read here.

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Featured charts courtesy of: Statista.

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