Marshall Debuts the London, Its First Smartphone
Marshall Headphones today announced the London, an Android smartphone that puts music features in the front row. Marshall designed the phone to evoke the look and feel of its analog guitar amplifiers. The phone has stereo speakers with independent amplifiers and a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub sound card that's able to play high-resolution audio. The London features a global 5-band equalizer for dialing in the perfect sound, and a dedicated M-Button on top takes the London straight to your favorite songs. The phone has two headphone jacks that lets two people listen at once, and a scroll wheel to let users find the perfect volume level. Dual microphones capture stereo sound and help eliminate background noise. The phone will have a deejay application, too, for spinning tunes. It supports the aptX Bluetooth profile for the best-possible wireless music experience. The London has a 4.7-inch 720p screen, Snapdragon 410 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. It supports microSD cards up to 128 GB. The London has an 8-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel user-facing camera. Wireless radios include GPS, dual-band WiFi, and global LTE bands. The 2,500mAh battery is removable. The London costs about $585 and will begin shipping next month. Marshall didn't say if the London will be made available in the U.S.
Hands on with the Marshall London
Marshall, best known for guitar amps, is getting into modern electronics with the help of Swedish firm Zound Industries. More than just a branding exercise, the London phone is truly music-centric phone with some very unique features.
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