It likely doesn’t happen too often but how did you feel the last time you left your phone at home? Naked?
Disappointed every time you subconsciously reached into your pocket and realised it wasn't there?
And yet, for a piece of tech that has become as indispensable as your right arm, so many of us are happy to
settle for the type of mass-produced product we would never allow into our wardrobes, watch cases or jewellery
boxes. Which is where
Founded in 2021 with Head of Design Hutch Hutchison, previously of Nokia and Vertu, behind the wheel, XOR’s
handsets are designed not to monetise your data or track your every movement, but to put the experience and
intellect of their users first, offering style and peace of mind in one undisputably chic package.
At the heart of every handset is the custom XOR operating system. Built in-house, it takes a holistic,
all-around approach to safety and security, with all vital data protected by the XOR-Shield system. XOR’s unique
contact system even means that calls and messages sent between two or more XOR handsets are completely private.
The very definition of safe hands.
The latest addition to the collection is the Titanium X2 and, while we’ll get on to its gorgeous aesthetics in a
moment, what should be said is that XOR has no interest in joining the war between mass smartphone makers for
the most technologically advanced device. In fact, to expect bells and whistles would be to somewhat miss the
true beauty of an XOR handset.
For XOR’s phones are not merely for those who want to stay connected – but also for those who prize their time
offline. With this in mind, the X2 takes a hardware-first approach, with no App Store or GPS. Not only does this
further help secure your information but it also pares back the smartphone experience to essential, effective
functions designed to enhance your life online without distracting you from the real world.
In practice, this translates to key features including a logical, intuitive display, Bluetooth, wireless
charging, and automatic noise cancellation and call volume adjustment. A unique ringtone created by
award-winning composer Mark Sayfritz and a range of wellness features, such as an air quality indicator, also
serve to integrate the X2 seamlessly into your everyday life.
Crucial to this, of course, is an ergonomic design that is every bit as considered as your favourite three-piece
suit or designer dress. In line with the brand’s refined approach to connectivity, XOR’s handsets eschew the
modern full-screen approach for a handset perfectly sized for single-handed use. Handcrafted in the UK, each
features a sapphire crystal screen, ceramic earpiece, robust titanium body and fine leather finishings using
materials sourced from French house Jean Rousseau.
Of course, it would be remiss of a device so tailored to its user’s needs and preferences not to offer a little
room for personal choice. Accordingly, the Titanium X2 is available in four variations: Classic (polished
titanium and black leather), Ebony (black titanium and leather), Rose (polished titanium and pink leather) and
Marine (polished titanium and blue leather). Our advice? Choose wisely – because once you’ve discovered the XOR
experience, you’re never going to want to go back.