From amplifiers to mobile phones. This is Marshall's boldest product to date.
When we think of Marshall, the first thing that comes to mind is an amplifier. Yes, musicians and fans know that when it comes to amps and speakers, Marshall is a name that you can trust. The company behind these popular boxes is Marshall Amplification, which was founded by the late Jim Marshall.
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But new times call for new decisions, and Marshall has decided to try something new. Enter the Marshall London, an Android phone that epitomizes the signature design that Marshall is known for. So, why a phone? Well, Marshall believes that it’s finally time to change the way you play with music.
The Classic Finish
Just look at the design of this phone—ooh that gorgeous black textured finish and the golden brass fixtures. It looks really good. Honestly, the phone looks like an amplifier from afar, waiting to be used.
Two Loud Speakers
The London, however, isn’t just all about looks. As what you would expect from a company like Marshall, this Android phone is music-centric, with its two front speakers, making it one of the loudest smartphones ever made.
Two Stereo Jacks
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As if that’s not enough, Marshall added not one, but two, stereo jacks—a nifty feature when you’re sharing good music with a partner or a bandmate.
The M Button
Check out the M button on top, which is basically a dedicated one-click switch to access your music. And yes, M is for Marshall.
To add a twist, Marshall decides to use a golden scroll wheel as its volume control. Scrolling it feels like twisting the knobs on Marshall’s vintage amplifiers. Marshall says that the wheel allows users to find the “sweet spot of sonic goodness.“
Marshall’s Mode In-Ear Headphones
It takes two to tango. Now that you have an exquisite music player, what you need is a pair of headphones. Thankfully, the Marshall London comes with a Marshall Mode In-Ear headphones, which is one of the best headphones today.
Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub
Since the London is all about the sound, Marshall is using the Wolfson WM8281 soundcard, which promises to play music at higher resolutions. Expect your MP3s to sound better with this beast. Moreover, this phone plays uncompressed music, including songs in FLAC format.
As if the Wolfson WM8281 isn’t enough, Marshall built this beautiful equalizer to rule all equalizers. This EQ is pre-installed into the London and it has a series of pre-loaded profiles to kick off your listening experience. That means you won’t have to download other third-party EQ apps from the Google Play Store. And did we mention that this EQ is accessible via the M button?
A DJ App
That’s not all. The Marshall London also features a nifty DJ app, which is already pre-installed into the device so that you can start “DJing” right away. The phone also comes equipped with dual microphones for great recording.
Speaking of recording, the phone is pre-installed with the LoopStack Android app, which has a 4-channel recorder that records up to four tracks simultaneously. Even better, LoopStack can process 44KHz 16-bit recording.
8MP Camera, Removable Battery, and LTE Support
Under the hood, the Marshall London features a 4.7-inch display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 2,500mAh removable battery. Other features include an 8-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE support, and a microSD slot. Lastly, it will run Android Lollipop.
Availability and Pricing
Overall, the Marshall London is a badass Android phone. It’s now available for pre-order in Europe for 4,995 Swedish krona, or around $590. Marshall expects to deliver the orders by August 17th. If you’re interested, head over to Marshall’s website to reserve your unit.
|Display||4.7-inch LCD IPS HD 720P, Multi-touch, Gorilla glass 3, anti-finger print coating|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 1.2 GHz Quad Core|
|Operating System||Android Lollipop 5.0.2 with customized music applications|
|Memory||16 GB / RAM 2GB / Expandable microSD card|
|Battery||Removable 2500 mAh Li-Ion|
|Cameras||8 MP AF main camera w/flash, 2 MP front camera|
|Network||GSM / 3G / 4G LTE|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz / 5 Ghz, Bluetooth 4.1 with BLE and aptX|