Marshall outs London, a music-centered Android with two audio jacks

Marshall outs London, a music-centered Android with two audio jacks
Marshall, the maker of world-class amplifiers that most of your favorite bands use while on tour, is gearing up to release its first smartphone, and it will be running Android, of course. The beauty of Google's mobile OS is that everyone can tailor the experience towards their vision of what a smartphone should be, and, since Marshall is in the quality sound business, its first phone is music-oriented.

Called London, Marshall's handset doesn't wow us with sheer specs, so let's get them out of the way first. It sports a 4.7" HD IPS-LCD display, Qualcomm's first 64-bit SoC, the Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916), and 2 GB of RAM, as well as 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot for expansion. The photo department is covered with an 8 MP rear camera, and a 2 MP front-facer, while all of the above is backed up by a decent capacity 2500 mAh battery. The London phone is relatively chubby for today's standards, at 149.4 x 74.7 x 9.8 mm and 145g, but for a good reason, as here comes the best part.

Marshall's first Android phone is equipped with two ACC stereo speakers (13 mm x 18 mm), with "enhanced volume & bass." We also get two MEMS mics with active noise cancellation, a volume wheel (yes, a wheel!), and a dedicated "M-button." Musical prowess is nothing without control, though, so the sound pros equipped the London with a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub for the cleanest, strongest sound possible. The kicker, however, is that Marshall placed two 3.5mm stereo audio jacks on top of the phone, so that you could output two different tunes at once, or listen to stereo sound with someone while watching video on the phone together, for instance. 

The Android Lollipop 5.0.2 on the handset comes with custom music apps (of course), like the new DJApp, and LoopStack that lets you record four tracks independently. How much for all that audiophile goodness? The equivalent of $585 when Marshall London lands on August 17th - hey, the London comes with Marshall's Mode in-ear headphones, after all. Any takers?


source: Marshall

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18 Comments

1. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I'm all for unique/audio-centered devices but considering the specs I think the price is way overboard! It should've had a 615 at least instead of the 410.

8. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Doesn't the last Samsung phones or iPhone use MEMS mic ? I can remember the first Nokia N-series phone with this mic technology, astounding audio recording quality !

12. waddup121 unregistered

Two times the listening

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Very handy for two person listening in while commuting or flight. I quite like their design as well. Little imperfection here and there such as the 4.7" screen should be at least a 5", Battery at least a 3000 mAh for that kind of thickness and the CPU should be Snapdragon 801.

18. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

This. So much This. I was so hyped until I saw the 410, with its Adreno 306 and eMMC 4.51. It's just pathetic, especially for its price. Chinese manufacturers have put flagship specs with flagship DACs for cheaper.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, it looks almost like my dream phone. I will wait to see how SoC performs on this one, price seems a bit off, but I'm glad they put SD slot. See ZTE how it should be done? I'm hyped

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

410 on a 720p phone with no samsung skin is going to work really well. I dont have any doubts. But that price tag is a big NO NO NO. Its like a new moto thats goin on sale for 200$ with little bit of audio quality

3. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

WM8281 is really good but S410 & $585 price tag don't go along...at least S801 is required to even consider buying this.

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

2013 specs, little bit of extra audio quality and 550$ price tag? I hope they are trolling us.

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Marshall brand. Plus you definitely buy a conversation starter.

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Even more not to trust them. They make audio equipment not phones. Most probably picked an off the shelf chinese cheap phone, designed the exterior design, little bit of audio quality and BAM! 550$ price tag.

16. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

They partnered with Creoir in making the hardware. Nokia partnered with them just for the record.

6. Shubham412302

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

there was a sony's phone with 2 audio jack as well

9. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

well...sounds like the broke commenters have spoken...

10. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I pretty much buy unlocked phones now so this price is not bad to me. I tend to listen to music more through speakers than headphones so I would love those ACC speakers. But I do think the non-music related specs should be better.

11. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I love music-centered devices but this is overpriced.

14. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Looks great, way better than the other turds being churned out as of late.

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Hope this is a success and they make higher-speced flagships. The smartphone market needs something different to push it forward.

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