Marshall created an audiophile smartphone

We always love when random companies decide to produce a smartphone.  Today we have a new one, by Marshall, who’s name is most associated with their historically successful pro-audio amplifier business.  It is called the London and you’ve guessed it, puts audio in front of everything else.

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Let’s review what the London will do for your pricey set of cans, beginning with the on-board audio chipset.  The London uses a Wolfson WM8281 ‘Audio Hub’.  Wolfson has always been a highly regarded audio solution for smartphones (often found in Galaxy phones), so it’s a great choice.  The WM8281 is capable of high resolution 24-bit 192 KHz playback and probably the best solution for a smartphone at the moment.

Looking at the top of the device, we see a couple unique features.

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First, those dual headphone jacks are sadly not for a balanced dual-channel setup.  They are two headphone sources, so another person can share your audio experience.  A neat thing is that each source has independent volume control.  Thus, your ears don’t have to be blasted due to your friend’s hearing loss.  Though I do wonder, can you watch a movie while the other listens to music?  That’d be rad.

Another thing you might’ve noticed on the top is a gold button, with Marshall’s signature ‘M’ on it.  This is a dedicated button to launch you into your music or the Global Equalizer that Marshall has developed for the phone.

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Since you’re going to be rockin’ out frequently, there is also a gold scroll wheel for ‘tactile precision’ control of the volume.

With all this said, you’re probably expecting mediocre specs elsewhere?  You’d be right, they’re fairly yesteryear:

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  • Display: 4.7″ 720P IPS LCD, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, quad-core @ 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB of Ram
  • Storage: 16 GB on-board, with microSD support
  • Cameras: 8 MP rear and 2 MP front
  • Battery: 2,500 mAh, removable
  • OS: Android Lollipop 5.0.2

A couple other notable mentions is that the London houses front-firing stereo speakers, contains the high quality Bluetooth aptX, and comes with Marshall’s Mode earphones.

The price of the London is quoted at 4,995 Swedish Krona, which translates to roughly $585 USD.  It is expected to begin delivery on August 17th.  Are you swayed to push specs to the side for a better audio experience?

Source: Marshall Headphones

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