Marshall, notably known in the music world for producing high-grade audio equipment, is releasing its very own Android smartphone. Focusing on their love for audio, the London device features somewhat mid-range specs when compared to flagship models of 2015. Inside, a Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB of RAM will power your apps and games, while a 4.7″ HD display sits on the frontside.
London also features two front-facing speakers, an ‘M’ button on its topside for quick access to your locally stored music files, dual headphone jacks for jamming out with your partner in crime, and a scroll wheel for precision volume control. As a note, each headphone jack has its own independent volume control, just in case not both of you want to go deaf listening to a bit of Cannibal Corpse. London is juiced by a removable 2,500mAh battery, and does feature expandable storage via microSD card slot.
Much like Sony did with its Walkman device that costs over $1,000, Marshall has built in special audio processing technology, hoping the true audiophile consumers out there can appreciate their music while on the go. This tech includes a highly upgraded Wolfson soundcard, global equalizer, and Bluetooth aptX audio. All this runs on top of Android 5.0.2.
The London is available for pre-order right now on Marshall’s website. When the price is converted to US dollars, it comes to a little under $600. For a prestigious name like Marshall, that does not seem all that bad. Everything I have owned from the company, including half cabs, full 4×12 cabinets, and headphones have all featured amazing quality. It’s safe to assume their smartphone will also be built with this attention to detail.
According to Marshall’s site, orders are expected to ship in mid-August, and as a free gift, a pair of Monitor headphones are included with your purchase. For those curious, the Monitor headphones are the pair I use during The DL Show, and whenever I go out and walk my dogs. I enjoy them very much.