This best low-SAR phone list doesn't only list low-SAR phones, it shows the top phones in that category.
We start with a list of the top rated cell phones and we keep only the cell phones which fit one of these two situation:
The best phones that meet these critieria are then presented from the top rated to the lowest rated cell phone.
- A low ear SAR rating of no more than 1.10 W/kg.
- An ear SAR rating of less than 1.20 and a body SAR rating of less than one (1).
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is a dual-SIM Android that runs on mid-range hardware (1.2GHz, quad-core with 1GB RAM), but sports pretty decent cameras. It packs an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel one sitting up front with a wide angle of 85 degrees -- most other comparable models sport 70-degree-angle snappers. Behind its 5-inch 1080p display is an 8GB internal memory, with support for up to 64GB of expansion via microSD. The Prime's battery power is rated at 2600mAh, leveling with most mid-level benchmarks. Unlike some of its series-mates, though, the Grand Prime does not offer LTE.
Sonim follows up their ultra rugged XP6 with the 4-inch XP7, retaining several of the former's key selling points. It boasts a whopping 4800mAh battery capacity inside an IP68/69-certified shell, and supports glove usability as well. Also, just like the XP6, it comes with a relatively long 3-year warranty, covering the device for both malfunctions and accidental damages. Its native memory caps off at 16GB, with a 1GB RAM capacity alongside it. The SP7's other specs, which include a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera, land it a mid-level shelf.
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Alcatel's answer to other phablets released during the IFA 2014 is the 6-inch FHD OneTouch Hero 2, which they pitch as an Android that boosts your digital creativity. Among its selling points are the mobile MagicFlip DJ mixer and its capacitive stylus accessory. Behind its oleophobic (anti-oil) OGS screen is an octa-core processor from MediaTek clocked in at 2GHz -- adding Alcatel to the list of brands in the eight-core department. 2GB worth of RAM and a 3100mAh battery are also in the mix. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with a 5-megapixel sidekick up front. The Hero 2 also comes with a stylus pen and its own MagicFlip cover.
Taking after Samsung's Galaxy Alpha flagship is the 5-inch 6.7mm thin Galaxy A5, replacing the brand's traditional plastic casing with a full metal unibody design. It sports a 13-megapixel camera at the back, with a pretty respectable 5-megapixel one on the front side. Unlike the octa-core-equipped Alpha, it runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with a 2GB RAM -- a duo that we have seen on several other mid-level models. It offers a pretty spacious 16GB internal memory, and allows up to 64GB worth of expansion though its microSD slot.
The Gusto 3 succeeds the previous Gusto models from Samsung, retaining the convenience of a large and simple UI and a one-touch speakerphone button. The new version runs a Qualcomm QSC6055 192Mhz processor and a 1000mAh battery deemed able to yield 771 hours of stand-by time (roughly a month) Its flip lid sports a 1-inch external display (showing the time and notifications) and a 1.3-megapixel camera for snapping quick pictures on the go. The M3/T3 hearing aid ratings and its expanded array of fonts also add to the convenience of Samsung's third attempt in the Gusto series.
Samsung joins in on the octa-core sensation with the Galaxy Alpha's two quad-core CPUs: Cortex-A15 (1.8GHz) and Cortex-A7 (1.3GHz). It also seems to pack top-notch imaging with its 12-megapixel camera's 4K max video recording resolution. It lacks a microSD card slot, but does cap off at 32GB with 2GB RAM to boot. The Alpha also offers the fastest data rate available as of 2014, with up to 300Mbps on LTE-Cat6. All of its features, including an Ultra Power-Saving Mode (1860mAh battery) are packed within a metal frame, scrapping the plastic shell from previous Galaxy models.
As its name suggests, the Galaxy K Zoom is one of Samsung's camera-smartphones. It sports a 20.7-megapixel BSI camera that doubles up the resolution of average smartphones, as far as specsheets go. It also packs a Xenon flash and an onboard ISP chip, which they say facilitate better imaging compared to most other Android phones (and some digicams). Two processors (1.7GHz 2-core and 1.3GHz 4-core) also place it under the Hexa-core category - and there aren´t many of them. Pinch zoom and one-touch Quick Zoom add to its camera functions, not to mention 10x optical zoom on a relatively slim body.
Verizon's HTC-made Desire 612 is a low-budget Android that gives access to the carrier's 4G XLTE network. This 4.7-inch model comes with the classic HTC mix, including BoomSound for audio and the personalized BlinkFeed news feed feature. It also comes with the Zoe photo and video editing app, which might make making highlights for your captures more convenient. The Desire 612 sports 8- and a 1.3-megapixel cameras, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor under the hood. Its 2040mAh battery and 8GB internal memory are quite decent for a budget HTC model.
Sonim's XP6 is a rugged smartphone that trades off display perks for a grittier feature set. It sports a waterproof and high-temperature-resistant (IP68/69) shell and an anti-scratch Corning Gorilla Glass 2 panel. It boasts a 4800mAh battery and comes with a 3-year comprehensive warranty as well -- with accidental damages covered. The XP6 sports a rather small 2.63-inch display, behind which is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 1GB RAM, and 8GB worth of external memory. LTE, NFC, and a 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera also join its specs.
The quad-core 1.2Ghz Nokia Lumia 635 promises uncompromised performance and comes in a variety of bright colors such as orange, yellow and green. It is fitted with a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 IPS LCD main display, 4G capability, a storage memory of 8GB that is expandable to up to 128GB, a 5-megapixel main camera, and a 1830 mAh battery that claims to last up to 58 hours of music playback time.
It comes preinstalled with the Nokia MixRadio application that provides free unlimited music streaming with no commercials. It also comes with three location applications: HERE Maps (which provides the user with offline maps and provides virtual signs on the screen with the help of LiveSight), HERE Transit (which gives users minute-by-minute departure times and walking distances), and HERE Drive, which provides turn-by-turn voice-guided directions while users are driving.
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