Marshall Expands To Smartphones—Meet The Marshall London

Posted: Jul 17 2015, 8:08am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 17 2015, 8:39am CDT, in Technology News


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Marshall Expands to Smartphones—Meet the Marshall London

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.

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

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.

Scroll Wheel

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.

Powerful Equalizer

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.


Display4.7-inch LCD IPS HD 720P, Multi-touch, Gorilla glass 3, anti-finger print coating
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 410, 1.2 GHz Quad Core
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.0.2 with customized music applications
Memory16 GB / RAM 2GB / Expandable microSD card
BatteryRemovable 2500 mAh Li-Ion
Cameras8 MP AF main camera w/flash, 2 MP front camera
NetworkGSM / 3G / 4G LTE
ConnectivityWi-Fi a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz / 5 Ghz, Bluetooth 4.1 with BLE and aptX

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/21" rel="author">Gene Ryan Briones</a>
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.




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