Top-Rated Low-SAR phones December 2014
This best low-SAR phone list doesn't merely list low-SAR phones, it lists 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).
#1. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
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.SAR-specific specifications:
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#2. The Samsung Gusto 3
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.SAR-specific features:
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#3. The Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2
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.SAR-related features:
#4. The Jolla
The Sailfish OS makes its maiden voyage in the Jolla, and packs with it some seemingly nifty features: The ability to work with Android applications and hardware, a gesture-based user interface that uses - you guessed it - gestures to navigate the screen, and the use of interactive back covers called The Other Half that personalize the phone when snapped on. On the other hand, the Jolla is also powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor and it comes with an 8-megapixel camera, a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, 1GB RAM, 16GB of onboard memory, and a 2100mAh battery - so it has some ordinary elements mixed in too.SAR-related features:
#5. The LG G Pro Lite
The LG G Pro Lite (D684) seems to be a less popular variant, the more marketed one being its dual-SIM version (D686). But there were really no significant differences, as this single-SIM model still packs what LG calls a Productive Stylus Pen. It also features the QSlide multitasking app, along with other applications unique to LG. The G Pro Lite has the same camera resolution (8-megapixel BSI) and battery power (3140mAh), both of which are well within the mid-range class. Its processing power remains at 1GHz (dual-core), with a 1GB RAM.SAR-related features:
#6. The Samsung Galaxy A5
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.SAR-related features:
#7. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha
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.SAR-related features:
#8. The Samsung ATIV SE
The sequel to the Samsung ATIV S, the ATIV SE features upgrades from its predecessor such as a quad-core 2.3Ghz processor (from a dual-core 1.5Ghz) using 2GB of RAM. It adds a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD main display (the ATIV S had a 4.8-inch 720p) along with its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that could record videos in 1080p and a 2-megapixel front camera which can be used for dual recording (add yourself in the picture).
It also offers LTE support, 16GB of on board memory and a 2,600 mAh battery that can reportedly yield a talk time of up to 23 hours.SAR-specific specifications:
#9. The Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia´s Windows Phone 8 phablet offering seems to have a lot going for it: a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20-megapixel camera (with PureView technology and Carl Zeiss lenses), a 6-inch super-sensitive ClearBlack LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a 3400mAh battery with a reported standby time of 768 hours or 32 days. It also touts its four digital microphones that support directional stereo recording. Finally, it comes with 32GB of storage memory, 2GB RAM, and the Storyteller app that (along with the HERE maps) arranges photos into stories.SAR-specific specifications:
#10. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
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.SAR-related specs:
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