Marshall, English company that designs and manufactures music amplifiers, speaker cabinets and brands personal headphones and earphones, has taken everybody by surprise announcing its own Android smartphone. Dubbed London, the smartphone comes with pretty standard specs but comes with a design which looks to please music lovers.
The smartphone comes with two front-facing speakers, and two audio outputs, which is far less common along with a dedicated M button at the top of the handset which brings up instant access to your music. Marshall claims that its first phone “might just be the loudest phone on Earth” thanks to its front facing speakers.
The London smartphone has a gold-polished scroll which brings quick access to volume control. The dual headphone jacks might seem unusual, but these will allow you to share your music or watch a video together with a friend or family. The handset does seem to have a pretty nice aspect, as well, as it comes with a matte black surface, similar to the skin of Marshall amps, which offers a good grip in your hands.
Since ‘sound’ is the keyword here, Marshall has packed a lot of audio technology inside the London – the Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub soundcard which brings a separate processor for music, ensuring the best quality MP3 will and also allowing users to play uncompressed music such as FLAC format. The software also comes with Bluetooth aptX which delivers real-time high quality stereo audio over a Bluetooth connection.
There’s a Global Equalizer which allows users to pre-load profiles or adjust the sound as you like and save it as a custom profile. London also comes with the Marshall Mode in-ear headphones included. As for the rest of its specs, these are pretty much ordinary:
- 4.7-inch, 720p display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 1.2 GHz Quad Cor, 2GB of RAM
- Android 5.0.2
- 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot
- 8-megapixel camera
- 2,500mAh removable battery
The Marshall Lond retails for 4,995 Swedish Krona (about $585) and you can already pre-order one now, with deliveries expected to start from August 17. To sweeten the deal, the company is also including a free pair of Monitor headphones (worth around $200) for those who pre-order online.