Every phone you use is probably born out of a factory in China. But Xiaomi and OnePlus, two of the most popular Chinese phone companies top the list of radiation levels nearing or even crossing over the danger zone.
Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is the measure of radiation level a phone has while making calls or even while lying in your pocket, as it is catching network all the time so that you don’t miss out on a call. Although some companies have a painful network and you still miss them.
A higher SAR is harmful, because that amount of radiation or radio frequency energy is actually absorbed by the body when using a phone. That is why they term ‘Absorption’.
According to data released by Statista, Xiaomi Mi A1 and OnePlus 5T actually cross this permissible limit for radiation levels in India. And there are many smartphones that touch the ceiling.
How could these smartphones are allowed to be sold in India?
As per Department of Telecom, Government of India, “All the new designs of mobile handsets shall comply with the SAR values of 1.6 W/kg averaged over 1 gram of human tissue w.e.f. 1st Sept. 2012.” It further says, “From 1st Sept. 2013, only the mobile handsets with revised SAR value of 1.6 W/kg would be permitted to be manufactured or imported in India.”
If the directions are so clear why phone companies continue to sell phones in India with such a high SAR rating?