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 0.95 W/kg.
- A body SAR rating of less than one (1).
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.
This slight update to the 5.5-inch HTC Desire 816 sports a similar display size and Full HD resolution, but comes with two nano SIM card slots this time around. Like many HTC Androids, the Desire 816G Dual SIM offers the customizable BlinkFeed feature as well as the BoomSound audio technology. It is also rigged with a quad-core processor revved up at 1.3GHz. It does not sport any ultrapixel lens, but it does have a high-end 13-megapixel FHD camera, with a 5-megapixel selfie cam, too. Other hardware components include a 2600mAh battery and an 8GB internal memory (1GB RAM).
Question #1: Should it be a smartphone or not?
The Samsung Galaxy Young 2 is a budget Android that quite clearly aims to fulfill only your basic communication needs. It sports a 3.5-inch display and 3-megapixel camera - both relatively lower than ones found on average smartphones. The TouchWiz UI might also be the perfect interface for this elementary model. Its feature set, which by the way barely fulfills the smartphone classification, also includes a 4GB memory (with 512MB RAM), 1300mAh battery and a 1GHz processor on a single core.
The 4.5-inch Mini version of the fifth-gen Galaxy flagship, closely mimicking the IP67-certified physical design, its sensor set (including fingerprint and heart rate monitors) and network capability (LTE Cat4). Samsung also retained the Ultra Power-saving mode that could extend up-time for its slightly lower 2100mAh battery capacity. It runs on a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, and halves the S5's main camera resolution (16-mp) to 8-megapixel, with a nearly identical 2.1-megapixel camera up front.
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.
This basic flip phone from LG seems to target users who may have some problems with hearing or vision. Its 2.2-inch display features a text-to-speech technology (also found on comparable devices) that reads your texts out loud. On the contrary, it comes with M3/T4 hearing aid ratings for those who have slightly impaired hearing. A 1.3-megapixel camera sits on its back side, with a camcorder feature for taking quick videos. Its battery is rated at 950mAh, with a reported talk time of over three hours. Other features include WEA, an MP3 player, Bluetooth and a 230MHz single-core engine.
Typical basic phone attributes merge with an array of health and security services in the Samsung Jitterbug 5. For emergencies or accidents, it lets you connect to on-call assistance using the special 5Star key. It also has a 24/7 line with registered nurses or board-certified doctors, in case you need medical advise. To complement its customer service, it relies on a battery that lasts for up to 25 days of mixed usage on a single charge. Like most clamshells, it comes with separated and backlit keys to make texting and phone navigation easier.
The Vybe might have been intended as a starter phone, as it features an Easy mode that converts the UI into a simple list of features on a single home screen. It also sports a user-set command button on the side, providing quick access to your favorite app. A physical QWERTY-pad hides under its 3.2-inch touchscreen, making it one of the rare remaining feature phones equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Pre-installed Facebook, Twitter and AT&T services also add to its features, with a low-tech 3-megapixel (CMOS) camera to boot.
The Ascend Y330 is an Android (4.3 Jelly Bean) that focuses on muscle rather than impressions. It banks on a 1.3GHz dual-core Cortex A7 MTK processor as well as a dedicated PowerVR GPU to support your gaming and app usage. It also offers Huawei's signature Emotion UI 2.0, possibly making it a good catch-up phone for those new to Android. It has a 4-inch TFT display with 4GB on-board memory, and a 3-megapixel camera on the back side.
This 4.5-inch KitKat-run Android from Samsung targets audiences who are on relatively low budgets, sporting 5- and 2-megapixel cameras, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The Galaxy Core Prime's 2000mAh battery is accompanied by the Ultra Power Saving Mode that automatically restricts unnecessary functions in order to extend battery life at low power levels -- a rather common perk among Samsung models. It also adds LTE to Samsung's usual entry-level specs set, and offers an 8GB internal memory expandable to up to 64GB using a microSD card.
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