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 could mean Google’s new handset is adopting an in-display fingerprint sensor like the Galaxy S10 or OnePlus 7 Pro, or possibly a Face ID-style camera unlocking method. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google shows off the Pixel 4's dual camera after leaks surface," 12 June 2019 The video begins with Peterson, wearing his deputy's uniform, standing between two buildings on campus talking to another adult, then appearing to speak into a radio handset on his shoulder. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "This is what Scot Peterson did during the Parkland school shooting," 4 June 2019 The company has bet on African consumers by making affordable handsets with advanced features using an aggressive distribution network. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "How Africa’s top handset maker designs phone cameras calibrated for darker skin tones," 3 June 2019 That came in the form of a mind-bogglingly generous deal from Microsoft, which in 2013 paid $7.2bn for Nokia’s flailing handset business. The Economist, "Ericsson and Nokia are now direct rivals. How do they compare?," 10 Mar. 2018 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

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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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