hand·set | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌset \

Definition of handset 

: a combined telephone transmitter and receiver mounted on a handheld device

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The apparent focus of investor anxiety is the sales performance of the iPhone X, a super-premium handset rolled out last fall. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Apple Stock Is Down 2% for the Year After a Bruising Friday," 21 Apr. 2018 Xiaomi’s business consists mainly of selling low-margin handsets in a fickle market. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Xiaomi’s Deflated IPO Offers Some Hard Truths," 29 June 2018 As the popularity of virtual currencies has grown, hackers are focusing on a new type of heist: putting malicious software on peoples’ handsets, TVs and smart fridges that makes them mine for digital money. Robert Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "How your smart fridge and TV might be mining bitcoin for criminals," 4 July 2018 That handset, which may be called the iPhone X Plus, would come with a design similar to the iPhone X. The report says the iPhone X Plus’ footprint would nearly match the overall dimensions of last year’s iPhone 8 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch screen. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Eyes Drones as 6.5-Inch iPhone Comes Into Focus," 12 May 2018 Each of my kids, ages 11 and 14, is frequently glued to their iPhones, and if not those handsets, then a laptop or tablet. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Hey, Apple: What will it take to get your kid off the iPhone?," 26 Apr. 2018 To avoid that problem this year, the Nikkei’s sources are reporting, Apple is asking its suppliers to begin work on its new handsets sooner. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Reportedly Prepares Suppliers for 20% Drop in iPhone Orders," 8 June 2018 Samsung was the top smartphone seller in the quarter at 78 million handsets, down 2 percent year over year. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Smartphone sales remain sluggish as consumers put off upgrades," 3 May 2018 Sale of the digital-health unit also could remove an area of possible friction between Nokia and several companies that license its patents to make their handsets and tablets. Carol Matlack, Bloomberg.com, "Nokia, Bowing to Smartwatch Dominance, Sells Digital-Health Unit," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of handset

1901, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of handset

: the part of a telephone that you hold near your ear and mouth for listening and speaking

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