Many of our readers are informed about the value of the specific absorption rate (better known as SAR, Specific Absorption Rate) of a given smartphone before proceeding with the purchase. In theory, on smartphone sales packaging, this value should (or at least be a good rule) be indicated, but this is not always the case. Also sometimes, even looking online on special databases, you can not always find the two SAR values, one relative to the body, the other to the head, related to the device owned or in the process of acquisition. For some time Statista, through data collected by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection, publishes summary tables with smartphones featuring the highest and lowest SAR. Below you find the top ten devices with lower SAR, the top ten of those with higher SAR and the list of devices with related SAR collected in recent months thanks to the widespread tables. The table of smartphones with high SAR has been updated with the SAR value of Xiaomi Mi9 taken directly from the manuals in the sales package. Update 04/03/2019 Thanks to the manuals of Xiaomi Mi9 and Samsung Galaxy S10 + we can discover the SAR values of the two smartphones. Xiaomi Mi9 is unfortunately ranked ninth in the list of 10 smartphones with higher SAR (among the most recent ones) with a value equal to 1,389 W / kg. Not bad, but not up to its predecessors, Samsung Galaxy S10 + with 0.516 W / kg. However, it must be said that the Body value (the one just indicated was Head) is equal to 1,582 W / kg. The Body value of Xiaomi Mi9 instead is equal to 1,301 W / kg. The head values have been inserted into the bulleted lists that you find below. Popular Smartphones with Low SAR The podium wins Galaxy Note 8 with one of the lowest SAR values ever. Samsung then continues to populate the charts with some of its devices such as all the latest Galaxy S (S7, S8 and S9) and A8. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – 0.17 W / kg ZTE Axon Elite – 0.17 W / kg LG G7 – 0.24 W / kg Samsung Galaxy A8 – 0.24 W / kg Samsung Galaxy S8 + – 0.26 W / kg Samsung Galaxy S7 edge – 0.26 W / kg HTC U11 Life – 0.28 W / kg LG Q6 / Q6 + – 0.28 W / kg Samsung Galaxy S9 + – 0.29 W / kg Motorola Moto G5 Plus – 0.30 W / kg Popular Smartphones with High SAR The podium (negative in this case) is Xiaomi, which with its Mi A1 has one of the highest values on the market. Followed by various devices including the recent Mi Mix 3 and Mi Max 3, OnePlus 6T and Google Pixel 3 XL. Also bad Google Pixel 3 with 1.33 W / kg, you can find it in the general classification in the next paragraph. Xiaomi Mi A1 – 1.75 W / kg OnePlus 5T – 1.68 W / kg Xiaomi Mi Max 3 – 1.58 W / kg OnePlus 6T – 1.55 W / kg HTC U12 Life – 1.48 W / kg Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 – 1.45 W / kg Google Pixel 3 XL – 1.39 W / kg OnePlus 5 – 1.39 W / kg Xiaomi Mi9 – 1.349 W / kg iPhone 7 – 1.38 W / kg Table standings Overall standings up-to-date in March 2019 with all the values released in the tables we have talked about so far. Other devices that do not fall into the top ten are also included. 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 – 1.349 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 Apple iPhone 8 Plus – 0.99 W / kg Google Pixel 2 XL – 0.98 W / kg Huawei P10 – 0.96 w / kg Google Pixel 2 – 0.93 W / kg Huawei P10 Plus – 0.89 W / kg Huawei P10 Lite – 0.89 W / kg Sony Xperia XZ – 0.870 W / kg Apple iPhone X – 0 , 87 W / kg Huawei Mate 10 Pro – 0.87 W / kg Huawei P20 – 0.76 W / kg Huawei P20 Lite – 0.75 W / kg LG G5 – 0.737 W / kg Huawei P20 Pro – 0.73 W / kg Apple iPhone SE – 0.720 W / kg Sony Xperia X – 0.720 W / kg Nokia 8 – 0.711 W / kg HTC U11 + – 0.63 W / kg ASUS ZenFone Zoom S – 0.588 W / kg Samsung Galaxy S10 + – 0.516 W / kg Motorola Moto G7 – 0.45 W / kg Razer Phone – 0.42 w / kg Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Exynos) – 0.381 W / kg LG V30 – 0.375 W / kg Samsung Galaxy S8 – 0.32 W / kg Samsung Galaxy J4 + – 0.32 W / kg ZTE Blade V9 – 0.32 W / kg Samsung Galaxy J6 + – 0.31 W / kg ZTE Blade A610 – 0.31 W / kg Motorola Moto G5 Plus – 0.30 W / kg Motorola Moto Z – 0.30 W / kg Samsung Galaxy S9 + – 0.29 W / kg Essential PH-1 – 0.28 W / kg LG Q6 / Q6 + – 0.28 W / kg HTC U11 Life – 0.28 W / kg Samsung Galaxy S8 + – 0.26 W / kg Samsung Galaxy S7 edge – 0.26 W / kg Samsung Galaxy A8 – 0.24 W / kg LG G7 – 0.24 W / kg LG G6 – 0.235 W / kg Nokia 6 – 0.207 W / kg Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – 0.173 w / kg ZTE Axon Elite – 0, 17 W / kg Update 08/02/2019 Statista has released new tables, found in the gallery below and in the bullet points of the article reported instead from the beginning of the article itself. Update 12/03/2018 After a few days from the tables released by the statesman, another table, always created by Statista but this time in English and for the Forbes portal, gives us the SAR value of one of the most Xiaomi smartphones widespread and appreciated in the last period. Apparently Xiaomi Mi A1, the first Android One of the Chinese company, has a particularly high SAR value, higher than that recorded by OnePlus 5T. 1.75 W / kg: this is the SAR (head) value recorded for M1 A1. The smartphone then earns the top of the standings. The values, including some of those listed in the two rankings and all those in the image that you find at the end of the article, have been collected by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection. Update 09/02/2018 at 17:30 In these hours the German portal Statista has reported an infographic on the SAR values of some of the smartphones currently available on the market. In fact, the table served to highlight the devices with higher SAR value, and we therefore decided to update this 2016 article with the values of more recent devices. In addition to 10 smartphones with low SAR and 10 with high SAR, at the bottom of the article you will also find a list of over 40 smartphones and phablet European version with relative SAR value (head). Update 27/01/2017 If you are curious to discover the SAR values of Xiaomi smartphones, recently the Chinese company has released an almost complete list of values related to their devices. You can find it by following this link.
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