hand·​set | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌset How to pronounce handset (audio) \

Definition of handset

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

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That’s because Huawei, the world’s No. 2 handset maker, will likely move quickly to develop its own parallel version of Android, which could have more software bugs and be more susceptible to hacking. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The unintended consequences of Trump’s ban on Huawei are starting to appear," 8 June 2019 But then who needs an original when the market is flooded with stickers that can transform your Android handsets into iPhones. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Indians have found a $4 jugaad to make iPhone lookalikes," 31 May 2019 As a result, handset makers effectively had to pay inflated prices for Qualcomm's standards-essential patents. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years," 30 May 2019 Touch disease referred to the iPhone’s touchscreen malfunctioning after the handsets were bent too much. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Car Has a Flat and Samsung Must Pay Up," 26 May 2018 The phone has a rechargeable NiCd battery (2) used for only one purpose: When the handset is replaced in the cradle, the phone has to either bank the payment for the call or return coins to the caller. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: A Pay Phone," 27 Nov. 2015 The $1,980 handset is Samsung’s first to feature a flexible OLED screen, and it was lauded as the future of mobile devices, with the ability to shrink a 7.3-inch tablet down to a pocketable phone. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung pushes back Galaxy Fold release to 'run further internal tests' following poor reviews," 22 Apr. 2019 Users reporting bending problems with the iPhone 5 and 5S, and Sony's Xperia handsets have also had similar issues in the past. Emily Price, Popular Mechanics, "Is Your iPhone 6 Going to Bend?," 24 Sep. 2014 Any Android handset and tablet owner can hunt for and install the game's APK, but as of press time, Samsung's exclusivity deal means the game won't boot beyond a title screen on most devices. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Fortnite on Android gets off to a bumpy, Samsung-only start, lags behind PUBG," 14 Aug. 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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