Smartphone radiation: here’s how much radiation OnePlus 8, POCO X2, Realme X3, and other popular smartphones emit

Here's how much radiation your favourite phone emits

Highlights
  • SAR value tells you how much radiation is absorbed by your body when using a phone
  • We looked at the SAR value of 15 most popular smartphones among 91mobiles readers
  • Redmi Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy M31 have the lowest SAR values among the lot

A smartphone, much like any other electronic device, gives off some amount of radiation that could affect your body in the long run. For smartphones, in particular, we measure this in SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value, which tells us the quantity of electromagnetic energy absorbed by the body when using it. In India, the maximum radiation value allowed for a phone is 1.6 Watt/kg, and every phone manufacture is required to abide to this limit. Some smartphones emit really low radiation, making them safer to use compared to others.

Today, we’re looking at the SAR value for the 15 most popular smartphones among 91mobiles readers in Q2 2020. The SAR values were taken from the information provided by the companies. Note that the SAR value mentioned is for the head, which is the part that comes in contact with your face while taking calls. The list includes phones from Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, Apple, and OnePlus, among others.

ModelSAR value
Redmi Note 80.25W/kg
Samsung Galaxy M310.38W/kg
Realme Narzo 100.86W/kg
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max0.88W/kg
Redmi Note 9 Pro0.90W/kg
OnePlus 8 Pro0.96W/kg
OnePlus 80.96W/kg
Xiaomi Mi 101.04W/kg
POCO X21.08W/kg
Samsung Galaxy A311.13W/kg
Redmi Note 8 Pro1.13W/kg
Realme 61.14W/kg
iPhone SE 20201.17W/kg
Realme X31.19W/kg
Realme 6 Pro1.19W/kg


As you can see from the table above, all of the phones’ radiation values are well within the 1.6W/kg limit in India. Smartphones like the Redmi Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy M31 have the lowest radiation levels of the lot, which means they are the safest to use. Meanwhile, Realme 6 Pro, Realme X3, and iPhone SE 2020 emit more radiation compared to the other models popular among 91mobiles readers.

How to check SAR value of your phone?

We’ve just listed the SAR value for the top 15 popular smartphones in India, but there are plenty of other phones out there that aren’t on the list. If you want to check how much radiation your phone emits, you can easily check the SAR value of your phone by opening the dialer and keying in *#07#. You can also check the same on the back of the retail box for most brands. Notably, Samsung reveals the SAR value of each of its smartphones on its official website.