Marshall makes one of the most popular lines of guitar amplifiers in the world. The company is known for its quality audio equipment at all levels. Even the cheapest Marshall amp will make your axe sing like an angel.
Today, the company unveiled an Android smartphone that will make your text messages sing like your axe… or something
The Marshall London has a 4.7-inch 720p display with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It also has a microSD card slot so you can add up to 128GB of additional storage.
The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, Android 5.0 software, and an 8MP auto-focus camera on the backside and a 2MP front-facing camera.
The 2500 mAh battery is removable by snapping the backside of the smartphone off.
While the smartphone specs of the London are nothing extraordinary, Marshall’s entrance into the market stands out with the robust audio features.
The Marshall London supports Bluetooth aptX wireless audio and features a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub chipset.
It comes with two MEMS, noise-canceling microphones, two front-facing ACC speakers, and two headphone jacks with their own volume control. There is also a dedicated button on the top that quickly brings you to your music app. The built-in global equalizer allows you to control audio output better.
The London also comes with Marshall’s Mode series in-ear headphones, which cost about $70 on their own.
But wait, there’s more. The phone is aimed at folks who like to make music and not just listen. It comes stocked with a handful of music-based apps, like the digital four-track recorder Loopstack and an upcoming deejay mixer called DJ-App.
The London costs around $590 with a special preorder bonus, which includes a $200 pair of Marshall Monitor over-the-ear headphones. It is currently only available for preorder in Sweden. There is no official information as to when, or if, the device will be available globally.
Even though the smartphone specs are mid-level, at best, the dedicated music features make this a device worth taking a closer look at. I’d like to find out whether the stereo speakers and Wolfson audio processor chip really make a difference when listening to music.
via The Verge