Treated like life companions, smartphones are part of our days more than the people themselves: from morning to night, these devices accompany us throughout the day and contribute to its main functions in small and large doses. Even if we take the right precautions, however, it happens to forget that a danger in the use of smartphones exists and although it is of minor importance, the radiations emitted by these devices are not an invention. In reference to this last phenomenon, during the year rankings are drawn up that list the smartphones more or less dangerous for humans and the relative SAR values issued.
Smartphone radiation: what science says about it
When we hear about radiation we immediately think of problems concerning the onset of tumors. In this case, science reassures users and states that at the moment no relations between the two phenomena have been detected. In particular, the radiation emitted by smartphones cannot genetically mutate DNA since they are non-ionized. However, these radiations can heat the muscle tissues and cause minor damage. Specifically, to carry out this survey we rely on the SAR, or the specific absorption rate that indicates the energy absorbed by the human body. In order for a smartphone to be safe for humans, it will have to meet a requirement that is set in Europe2 watts per kilogram.
Smartphone: the most dangerous according to the new ranking
Referring to the aforementioned, when looking at the list of the most dangerous “smartphones” it must always be taken into account that they are in accordance with the law. Below, we report the most recent ranking with smartphones listed from the most “dangerous” to the least.
- Xiaomi Mi A1 – 1.75 W / kg
- OnePlus 5T – 1.68 W / kg
- Huawei Mate 9 – 1.64 W / kg
- Xiaomi Mi Max 3 – 1.58 W / kg
- OnePlus 6T – 1.55 W / kg
- HTC U12 Life – 1.48 W / kg
- Honor 8 – 1.5 W / kg
- Huawei P9 Plus – 1.48 W / kg
- Motorola Moto Z2 Play – 1.455 W / kg
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 – 1.45 W / kg
- Huawei GX8 – 1.44 W / kg
- Huawei P9 – 1.43 W / kg
- Huawei Nova Plus – 1.41 W / kg
- Google Pixel 3 XL – 1.39 W / kg
- OnePlus 5 – 1.39 W / kg
- Xiaomi Mi9 – 1.389 W / kg
- Apple iPhone 7 – 1.38 W / kg
- Huawei P9 Lite – 1.38 W / kg
- Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact – 1.36 W / kg
- HTC Desire 12/12 + – 1.34 W / kg
- Google Pixel 3 – 1.33 W / kg
- OnePlus 6 – 1.33 W / kg
- Apple iPhone 8 – 1.32 W / kg
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – 1.29 W / kg
- ZTE Axon 7 Mini – 1.29 W / kg
- BlackBerry DTEK60 – 1.28 W / kg
- Honor 9 1.26 w / kg
- Apple iPhone 7 Plus – 1.24 W / kg
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium – 1.21 W / kg
- Honor 5C – 1.14 W / kg
- Sony Xperia X Compact – 1.08 W / kg
- Honor View 10 – 1.03 W / kg
Will the 5G implementation increase the risk?
Another question that troubles the smartphone user is whether 5G will increase the degree of risk. As you know, this technology is brand new and reliable data cannot be provided. What science has reassured is that in the short term users have not encountered any problems, but unfortunately, it is still too early to talk about the effects on the medium to long term.
Ikechukwu Onu is a writer, front-end dev, and digital junkie with a profound interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets or apps, he enjoys contributing in groups and forums, tinkering with websites, and hanging out with friends.