Offering little beyond good looks and luxurious materials, the XOR is a phone for wealthy punters with security on their minds.
People with more money than sense have always been spoiled for choice when it comes to things they can burn their cash on. These can include paperclips by Prada, outlandish fountain pens, private submarines, adventures around the globe, and even a pool table by luxury auto marques. So if that bonus check is still burning a hole in your pocket or you recently shorted the ruble, we know a company that has a phone to sell you.
Clearly having not learned from the demise of Vertu, the XOR is pricey – would you believe US$4,000 and up? – piece of customised cellular kit, and in a world where most of us are trying to get as many features and as much screen real estate as we can for our hard-earned dollar, the XOR is more about making a statement to those around you.
If you can labour your way through the company’s website, which sounds like it was written by a drunk influencer, you’ll discover a phone purportedly made in England and created by – surprise, surprise, ex-Vertu employees – that’s all about the bling but which also promises security for those confidential conversations and crypto conversions.
Crafted from sapphire crystal, titanium, ceramic and leather, the phone has a very basic operating system – the launch version, the XOR Titanium only does voice calls and texts – but does offer a few curious features that might appeal to your international arms dealer or narcotics trafficker looking for style and security in equal measure. These include an air quality sensor to alert you to potential harm, a battery said to last five days, a remote secret key that wipes the phone’s data on the fly, and, when calling another XOR phone, end-to-end AES256 hardware encryption.
There’s also active noise cancelling, wireless charging, and a unique ringtone created by multi-award-winning British recording artist, composer and producer Mark Sayfritz.
Don’t get us wrong, there’s a certain simplistic sexiness in the company’s slim, ergonomic phones, which are available in a handful of eye-pleasing colours, and if you’re the kind of player that makes the rounds with a smartphone-armed entourage in tow, it might be an ideal addition to your larger-than-life look.
Just don’t expect too many firmware updates.
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