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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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 On Apple’s China website, the cost of an iPhone 8 starts at 5,099 yuan ($758) while the iPhone XR, a new handset released last fall that the company hoped would sell well in China, has a starting price of 6,499 yuan ($967). Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Apple to Chinese Consumers: Buy a New iPhone for Under $30 a Month, Interest Free," 21 Feb. 2019 Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge Lau says that millimeter wave creates its own challenges, and a nice-looking handset is one of them, likely due to the different design required to fit multiple antennas. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "5G phones could cost $200 to $300 more, says OnePlus CEO," 6 Dec. 2018 The Samsung device may be on-trend in a world of increasingly glitzy and expensive handsets. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Samsung Galaxy Fold Is a Thick Boy, Just Not in the Way You Actually Need," 20 Feb. 2019 Another is the use of Huawei handsets by AT&T’s discount subsidiary Cricket, the aides said. Reuters, Fortune, "U.S. Lawmakers Are Urging AT&T to Cut Ties with Huawei Because of National Security Concerns," 16 Jan. 2018 In recent months, Samsung has stuffed its best new hardware in middle-tier handsets geared for growing markets such as India. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Apple Beware: Samsung’s Great Fall in China Was Swift," 4 Jan. 2019 Unfortunately, the company has ruled out a US release for its latest handset. Jon Porter, The Verge, "HMD’s budget Nokia 8.1 comes with Android Pie and an HDR-equipped display," 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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