A name familiar to audiophiles everywhere, Marshall Amplification are the makers of some of the most popular guitar and bass amplifier lines – seeing use from a wide range of musicians including Pete Townshend of The Who and Slash of Guns ‘n Roses fame.
Yesterday, the company officially stepped into an entirely new market-space with the release of its premier smartphone, named London.
The London emphasises a high-quality sound experience – the smartphone is equipped with two front-firing speakers, a scroll wheel instead of volume rockers, two 3.5mm headphone jacks, as well as two low-latency microphones. Additionally, the “M” button on the top edge launches the music player for quick access.
On the software front, the London arrives carrying a global equalizer (for fine-tuning device-wide soundsets) and can natively play high-quality FLAC audio files.
The smartphone itself is a mundane affair with mid-range specs – the London possess a 4.7″ form factor with a 720p display. Arriving with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, the London is powered by a 1.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor accompanied by 2GBs of RAM.
The London supports 4G LTE, and additionally possesses a removable 2,500mAh battery. In terms of cameras, the London sports an 8 megapixel primary camera in conjunction with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
Unfortunately for the enthusiastic at heart, the London is priced at the premium end of the smartphone spectrum – the smartphone is presently listed for preorder on Marshall’s Swedish website for approximately $585 USD; at which price the handset competes with the likes of LG’s recently released G4 and Samsung’s Galaxy S6.
The London will arrive with several music apps pre-installed, including the company’s DJ app as well as LoopStack.
The smartphone ships with Marshall’s Mode earbuds, and the London will additionally ship with monitor headphones if pre-ordered.
Marshall has stated that the London is expected to ship from August 17th.