hand·​set | \ˈhan(d)-ˌset \

Definition of handset 

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

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Huawei is reportedly planning to release a foldable handset next year. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The foldable phones are coming," 8 Nov. 2018 Huawei also reportedly plans to release a foldable handset next year; Lenovo and Xiaomi started teasing their own prototypes, and LG is working on flexible OLED displays and TVs that roll up into a box. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump’s first post-midterms move: Dump Attorney General Jeff Sessions," 8 Nov. 2018 Last year, the company sold nearly 19 million handsets in the U.S. becoming America’s fourth-largest seller of handphones and making the U.S. ZTE’s largest market. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "The U.S.- China Face-off: Is It About Trade? Or National Security?," 21 Apr. 2018 Last year's line-up of Apple handsets started at a hefty £699 ($908), rising to £1,149 ($1,493) for the top version of the swanky iPhone X model. Fox News, "Owning an Apple iPhone is the best way to prove you're rich - replacing mustard," 10 July 2018 The handsets come with a red color finish and have the same internal components as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models Apple released last year. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Releases New iPhone as HomePod Sales Disappoint," 14 Apr. 2018 The 12W Anker Wireless Charging Pad costs $12.59 today, down from $70, and works with the latest iPhones as well as several Android handsets. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Anker's fast-chargers and portable batteries are on sale for unheard-of prices for Amazon Prime users," 9 July 2018 Facebook and Google, meanwhile, depend on Chinese handset manufacturers to distribute their software and reach customers in many parts of the world. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The Deal to Save ZTE Won't Resolve US-China Tensions," 7 June 2018 This new model, which features an edge-to-edge display, is Oppo’s attempt to compete with top-tier handset makers like Apple and Samsung. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Oppo’s new Find X flagship smartphone will cost £999 and ships in August," 19 June 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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