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    July 17, 2015

    Marshall Amplification releases its first smartphone

    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.


    The “M” button launches the London’s music player

    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.


    The London runs on Android Lollipop

    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 is bundled with Marshall’s Mode earphones, as well as a set of monitor headphones if pre-ordered

    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.



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