Tech giant Samsung recently released its latest smartphone offering, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and it has been getting rave reviews from fans all over the world.
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 boasts of a bigger 5.8” screen than its predecessor, the S7, and a super AMOLED display that enhances viewing pleasure. It runs on the latest Android 7.0 (Nougat) operating system and has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chip-set (4x 2.35GHz and 4x 1.9GHz Kryo CPUs), Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 Plus is slightly bigger at 6.2-inch Infinity Display’ that maximizes the nearly bezel-less screen. It runs on the same system as the S8 and is also dust- and water-resistant with a stellar IP68 rating.
Both phones are powerful devices that are already making waves among gadget geeks. But, from a health and wellness perspective, does the Samsung Galaxy S8 pose a big health risk for users?
This is because the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radio-frequency from cellphones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The American Cancer Society, further states that more investigation and research must be conducted to conclusively say that cell phone use poses no health risks to users.
It makes sense therefore, to take preventive steps to minimize your radiation exposure from the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus–and you can start by finding out their SAR value.
What is the SAR value for Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus?
SAR stands for the Specific Absorption Rate, is the value of radiation that your body (specifically your head) absorbs while using your mobile phone. The higher the number, the more radiation is absorbed.
SAR values vary from country to country, but in the US, SAR values are measured between 0.0 and 1.60 W/kg. The FCC mandates a maximum SAR value of 1.60 W/kg for mobile phones, so when choosing a smartphone, you want one with the lowest possible number.
According to the SAR test reports filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the SAR values for the Samsung Galaxy S8 is 0.38 watts per kilogram (w/kg) at your head, and 0.75 w/kg when worn on your body.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S8 hotspot SAR is 1.09 w/kg and its SAR for simultaneous transmission (cellular plus Wi-Fi) is at 1.53 w/kg at your head, and 1.15 w/kg when worn on the body, and 1.55 w/kg when used as a hot-spot simultaneously with all other transmitters active.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus SAR test reports showed values at 0.41 watts per kilogram (w/kg) at your head, and 0.97 w/kg when worn on your body. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus hot-spot SAR is 1.10 w/kg and its SAR for simultaneous transmission (cellular,Wi-Fi) for this Samsung Galaxy S8 is 1.52 w/kg at your head, 1.21 w/kg when worn on the body, and 1.59 w/kg when used as a hot-spot simultaneously with all other transmitters active.
Is it safe to use?
For now, all SAR levels reported for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy 8 Plus to the FCC fall within the maximum allowable level of 1.6 w/kg. However, SAR levels will still vary depending upon your specific cell phone carrier (e.g., AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon).
The US Cellular Telecommunication and Internet Association (CTIA) is also working towards standardizing the disclosure of SAR values on instructional materials that come with the devices. Outside of the United States, such as the UK, the IEGMP is pushing for the SAR to be openly displayed on packaging to give consumers an opportunity to make more informed choices when making a purchase.
Until then, it would be best to take active measures to lower your cell phone radiation. Start by keeping yourself informed and find out what your phone’s SAR value is; then make sure that you use a phone case made not only to protect your device, but also to direct radiation away from your head and body while in use.
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