hand·​set | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌset \

Definition of handset

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

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More handsets from existing Fi partners LG and Motorola will also gain Fi support. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google will reportedly open Project Fi to iPhone, Samsung, and OnePlus this week," 27 Nov. 2018 Constructing this handset with an LCD panel and aluminum will keep costs down, allowing Apple to keep the price of this model lower than the others. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "All three iPhones coming this fall will reportedly have edge-to-edge displays," 27 Aug. 2018 Where the service was previously limited to a handful of handsets designed for Fi—namely Pixels, the Moto G6, and a couple LG ThinQ phones—the new service expands availability to phones made by Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, Essential, Apple, and others. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Fi wireless service now works with iPhones and most Android phones, but there’s a catch," 28 Nov. 2018 Phone makers you’ve probably never heard of are also experimenting with tablet-like devices that fold into a phone form factor, so expect to see a lot more of these handsets in 2019. Tom Warren, The Verge, "This is Samsung’s foldable smartphone," 7 Nov. 2018 Small-handed nerds the world over bemoaned the death of Apple's beloved iPhone SE, especially in the wake of the slow death of smaller Android handsets. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Palm's Tiny Phone Is the Most Interesting—And Dumbest—Thing to Happen to Phones in Ages," 15 Oct. 2018 Epic has so far limited the Fortnite Android beta to a small set of handsets released in the last two years, a fact that means 92 percent of Android Fortnite players are running Android 8 or newer. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Fortnite reaches 15 million Android downloads without Google Play," 7 Sep. 2018 Last month, Huawei’s president of consumer handsets Kevin Ho said the company is pivoting to Europe and developing Asian markets. Washington Post, "As doors close in the US, China’s Huawei shifts to Europe," 19 Apr. 2018 Apple, which has always occupied the premium tier of the very saturated handset market, is discounting its iPhone XR by up to $300 with a trade-in of an older iPhone model. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The one about Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal," 5 Dec. 2018

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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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