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Phones that emit the most (and least) radiation

The FCC says the radiation coming from your cellphone is no big deal. A cancer surgeon friend told me he begs to differ.

I play it safe and keep my phone away from my body and head as much as possible. (Yes, I’m that person taking calls on my AirPods or speakerphone.) 

Some phones, it turns out, emit more radiation than others. See where yours falls on the list.

What exactly are we measuring?

It’s called specific absorption rate and is measured by how much radiation is emitted when you make a call with the phone up to your ear. 

🤓 Nerd time: It’s measured in watts per kilogram of body weight. You don’t need to know all the details, just that the legal limit is 1.6 watts/kg here in the U.S.

Living on the Edge

These models emit the most radiation:

  • Motorola Edge – 1.79
  • OnePlus 6T – 1.55
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Plus – 1.41
  • Google Pixel 3 XL – 1.39 
  • Google Pixel 4a – 1.37
  • Oppo Reno5 5G – 1.37 
  • Google Pixel 3 – 1.33
  • Huawei P Smart – 1.27
  • OnePlus 9 – 1.26

Own a Galaxy Note? Congrats

And these phones emit the least radiation: 

  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G – 0.19 watts
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 – 0.21 
  • Samsung Galaxy A80 – 0.22
  • LG G7 ThinQ – 0.24
  • Motorola Razr 5G – 0.27

What about the iPhone? 

You guessed it: It falls somewhere in the middle. 

  • iPhone SE (2020 version) – 0.98
  • iPhone 11 – 0.95
  • iPhone 12 – 0.98
  • iPhone 13 – 0.99
  • iPhone 14 – 0.98

👖 I’d rather be safe than sorry. Men, don’t store your phone in your pant pockets. Ladies, keep it out of your bra. Here’s why.

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