smart·​phone | \ ˈsmärt-ˌfōn How to pronounce smartphone (audio) \

Definition of smartphone

: a cell phone that includes additional software functions (such as e-mail or an Internet browser)

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It is powered by a rechargeable battery that can provide up to 350 hours of run time and can even be used to charge a smartphone via a built-in USB port. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up Camp," 2 Apr. 2019 Before the year was up, Samsung began priming the pump for 2019, with teases of a new foldable smartphone that will be released next year. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Samsung," 26 Dec. 2018 Total Expert Score: 84/100 | Consumer Score: 77% give it 4 stars or higher This balanced compact is a smart upgrade from your smartphone cam. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Compact Digital Cameras for Capturing Your Adventures," 17 Apr. 2019 The semiconductor giant announced plans late Tuesday to effectively exit the business of making modem chips for smartphones. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Intel Finally Makes the Right Call on Modems," 17 Apr. 2019 If smartphones had existed in the 1890s, there is no doubt that Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec would have been a capital-I Influencer. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "This Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibition Will Change the Way You Look at Social Media," 5 Apr. 2019 In the Pew Research Center study, more than a quarter of smartphone owners reported not using a screen lock. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Ways You Put Your Data at Risk When You Travel," 6 Dec. 2018 For those without a smartphone, there’s no need to fret. Katherine Fominykh,, "Ravens announce digital ticketing for game days, new 4K video boards at M&T Bank Stadium," 12 July 2018 Light, which counts giant phone manufacturer Foxconn as an investor, says a smartphone featuring its multi-lens array will be announced later this year. Geoffrey Fowler,, "Future Phones: They Fold Like Napkins, Have 9 Cameras, Charge Over Thin Air," 6 July 2018

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1996, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of smartphone

: a mobile telephone that can be used to send and receive e-mail, connect to the Internet, take photographs, etc.


smart·​phone | \ ˈsmärt-ˌfōn\

Kids Definition of smartphone

: a cell phone that includes additional functions (as e-mail or an Internet browser)

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