We spend the day glued to our mobile phones. Hours and hours of use can lead to a question. Is the radiation emitted by my mobile phone harmful?
The Statista website has echoed the report of the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection, which collects the specific absorption rate (SAR) of smartphones from the fifteen most important manufacturers in the industry. Here are the devices that emit the most and least radiation as of August 2019. Could it be a problem for our health?
The mobiles that emit the most radiation
As you can see, the Xiaomi Mi A1 leads the table, with a score of 1.75 watts per kilogram. It is closely followed by another mobile from the Chinese company, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3, with 1.58. In the third position, we find the OnePlus & T, with 1.55 watts per kilo.
In the list, we can find very different devices, from the HTC U12 + to the iPhone 7 and 8, through the Mi 9/9 SE and the Google Pixel 3 XL. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the ZTE Axon 7 Mini are in charge of closing the table, with a value of 1.29 watts per kilo.
If you analyze this list, you will see that there is a name that appears more than the rest: Xiaomi. The Chinese manufacturer has created 6 of the 16 mobiles that emit the most radiation today by opting for a design that slows the emission of radiationless.
The mobiles that emit less radiation
In front of this selection, tied, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the ZTE Axon Elite, with an emission of just 0.17 watts per kilogram. We are talking about values ten times lower than those of the Xiaomi Mi A1. In third place is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, with a rate of only 0.19, showing that modern models emit less and less radiation.
Following them, we find devices such as the LG G7 Thinq and the Samsung Galaxy A8, the Honor 7A, and the Nokia 8. With a value of 0.26 watts per kilo, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge closes the table. Good work in general from Samsung and Nokia, who dominate this table with 8 and 5 phones.
Are these radiations harmful?
Considering all the data we have just discussed, should I be concerned if I have a Xiaomi Mi A1? Do I have to be grateful to have a Galaxy Note 8? To answer these questions, we must delve into what we know about the effects of radiation on the human body.
As we read in Urban Tecno, we are constantly exposed to all kinds of radiation, not just from our mobile phones. Computers, televisions, WiFi routers … even when you walk quietly through a park, you are being bombarded by radio waves. Therefore, it is normal for us to worry; we do not stop being exposed for a single minute a day. The question is clear, can this constant exposure affect my health?
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Radio Frequencies and Health (CCARS), one of the largest authorities in this field, was commissioned to carry out a major review in which 350 studies were taken into account. The result? Not a single meaningful conclusion. No research has been able to show that radiation from everyday objects caused single damage to our bodies.
Some time ago, we also talked about this issue here, in Andro4all, and we discussed an investigation carried out by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). In it, a group of mice had been bombarded for two years with the radiation emitted by a mobile phone.
The consequence was that the prevalence rate of brain tumors increased slightly in the group of rodents. Does this study show anything? Yes, we do not have to worry since, in addition to the obvious difference in size, the radiation they were exposed to is much higher than what we suffer.
We could go on talking during all kinds of studies for hours, and we couldn’t come up with any meaningful data that would indicate any kind of damage to our health. The radiation that surrounds us is too low to be concerned, at least in the short and medium-term.
Sharlene Meriel is an avid gamer with a knack for technology. He has been writing about the latest technologies for the past 5 years. His contribution in technology journalism has been noteworthy. He is also a day trader with interest in the Forex market.