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The 10 Best-reviewed American Low-SAR phones As Of January 2020

This top rated low-SAR American phone list doesn't only list low-SAR phones, it shows the top phones in that category.

MethodologyWe start with a list of the top rated American cell phones and we keep only the cell phones which fit one of these two situation:

  1. As of 2017, we set the low ear SAR value to no more than 0.86 W/kg.
  2. ...And we removed the minimum for body SAR rating, assuming that users worried about cell phone radiation are mostly concerned with the effect it may have on their brain.
Consequently, the best American phones that meet these critieria are then presented from the top rated to the lowest rated cell phone.

* Note that this best low-sar phone list is also available for all other countries.

Best Model 2020
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

5
MP
Main camera
1.4
Ghz
max CPU
5.0
in
Display

Based on its aggregated rank of 78%, we conclude that the Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge is currently Phonerated's best ZTE phone 2020. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 267 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level that prompts us to name it a "no-brainer best choice."

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge aims to be a performance-focused budget phone with an octa-core (or quad-core, depending on the carrier) 1.4GHz processor and pitches promising longevity specs with a 2600mAh battery, which is coupled with less-demanding 5-megapixel and 2-megapixel main and selfie cameras, respectively

Average rating:
(78%) (267 reviews over 3 sources)   





Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
8
MP
Main camera
1.2
Ghz
max CPU
5
in
Display

Based on 4 stars averaged over 563 reviews, we rank this Samsung model second best ZTE phone. * This choice (and the following members of this best models list), is based on a full computation of hundreds of reviews from multiple sources.

With its 5-inch HD screen, 2600mAh battery, and 1.5GB RAM, the Galaxy J3 is neither a disappointing nor an overly-impressive mid-tier attempt.

Average rating:
(77%) (563 reviews over 4 sources)   


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Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Good
16+13
MP
Main camera
2.45
Ghz
max CPU
6.0
in
Display

The LG V30 Plus has a collection of top-of-the-line specs like a 6-inch 2880-pixel by 1440-pixel FullVision display, 16-megapixel + 13-megapixel cameras on its rear, and an IP68 rating against dust and water, but its 5-megapixel selfie shooter and 3300mAh battery make it appear like a less-premium smartphone.

Average rating:
(76%) (86 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
3.5
Confidence
Level:
OK
13
MP
Main camera
1.4
Ghz
max CPU
5.0
in
Display

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 positions itself as one of the lightest and thinnest highly-rugged smartphones there are, with a 9.7mm-thick, 172-gram body that boasts specs like an IP68 water and dust-proof rating and MIL-STD-810G certification against shock, vibrations, and extreme temperature.

Average rating:
(85%) (14 reviews over 2 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
3.5
Confidence
Level:
OK
16
MP
Main camera
2.6
Ghz
max CPU
5
in
Display

The Ulefone Armor 2 is a high-endurance rugged smartphone whose biggest specs include a 4700mAh battery, a waterproof casing, and a 2.6GHz octa-core processor.

Average rating:
(67%) (59 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
3
Confidence
Level:
OK
13
MP
Main camera
1.4
Ghz
max CPU
5.5
in
Display

Majority of this phablet's specs, like its 1.4GHz processor, 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie cam, and 3GB RAM, are comfortably-mid-range -- but its 5.5-inch FullVision display gives it a somewhat premium-like character

Average rating:
(77%) (15 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
3
Confidence
Level:
OK
Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

5
MP
Main camera
1.3
Ghz
max CPU
5
in
Display

The BLU Grand Energy's 4000mAh battery, being significantly larger than what we usually see in similar phones, easily justifies its name tag -- but its other specs, such as the 1.3GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 5-megapixel main camera, are far from what we'd call grand.

Average rating:
(66%) (58 reviews over 3 sources)   
8
MP
Main camera
1.3
Ghz
max CPU
6
in
Display

The 6-inch BLU Studio Mega is a relatively-thick and heavy phablet for the kind of specs that it offers, which include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, an 8-megapixel main camera, and a 2500mAh battery (which we expect to somewhat struggle in fueling the big 720p display), among others.

Average rating:
(59%) (69 reviews over 3 sources)   
16
MP
Main camera
1.8
Ghz
max CPU
5.5
in
Display

Of all this phone's specs, its clear that HTC's priority has been imaging specs (shown by the 16MP rear cam and the 8MP selfie cam) and the 3000mAh battery, considering that its 3GB RAM is relatively-low and that its Helio P10 processor runs at a maximum speed of only 1.8GHz.

Average rating:
(66%) (23 reviews)   
13-+2
MP
Main camera
1.5
Ghz
max CPU
6
in
Display

ZTE's Max Duo phablet delivers a 6-inch Full HD Gorilla Glass screen, dual rear cameras (13- and 2-megapixel cams), and a 1.5GHz eight-core engine aided by a 2GB RAM.

Average rating:
(62%) (36 reviews)   



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