Marshall announces audio-focussed Android phone


Marshall is a company known mostly for their high-end audio equipment. For some reason they have decided to launch their own Android phone with some pretty budget-range specs. The phone is called London and features a Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 4.7″ HD display.  The phone has some other additions that are designed to specifically appeal to audio lovers.  There are dual front-facing speakers, something you might expect for an audiophile phone. Marshall has placed an ‘M’ button at the top of the phone for accessing your local music, dual headphone jacks for sharing music, and a scroll wheel for better volume control. The phone is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery, which should be a reasonable size for the relatively small 4.7″ display. London only features 16GB of internal storage, but thankfully also features a micro SD slot, in case you actually want to store some music to listen to.

Much like many audiophile focussed phones, the London contains special audio processing technology. This tech includes a highly upgraded Wolfson soundcard, global equalizer, and Bluetooth aptX audio. The phone runs Android 5.0.2 out of the box and I’m a bit skeptical about if or when the phone will get updated to 5.1. The phone is currently up for preorder on Marshall’s site for just under $600, a pretty steep price to pay for entry level specs if you’re not big on audio. If you are interested in purchasing the phone you will receive a pair of high-end Marshall monitor headphones with your preorder. Unless you want a great pair of monitor headphones and love audio above all else, there is little other reason to get this phone.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"