Today, people are never far from their smartphones, whether it’s in their hand during their commute, lying in their pocket at work, pressed to their ear to make a call or resting on their bedside table at night. Questions have been raised about whether our close proximity to smartphones might be damaging our health. While there is no conclusive scientific research yet on the impact of cellphone radiation, people who want to weigh up the possible risks should take a glance at the following infographic.
It lists the smartphones that emit the most radiation while the device is held to the ear during a call. The data comes from the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz) which maintains a comprehensive database of smartphones and the level of radiation they emit. Even though there is no universal guideline for a level of emission deemed harmful, the German certificate for environmental friendliness known as the Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel) only certifies phones with a specific absorption rate of less than 0.60 watts per kilogram.
Currently the smartphone with the highest levels of radiation is the Mi A1 from Chinese company Xiaomi. By and large, most of the worst offenders for emissions are Chinese models, with 10 out of the top 16 smartphones on the list produced by Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus and ZTE. Well known American smartphones do appear on the list as well, however, with three versions of the iPhone present.