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Marshall’s surprise smartphone is a music nerd’s fantasy

The ultimate boutique phone for the failed indie rocker in all of us.


Imad Khan


In an announcement that no one was expecting, guitar amplifier company Marshall has thrown its hat into the smartphone ring.

The black vinyl, gold-accented device is built for music lovers. It includes two front-facing speakers, because two is always better than one; dual microphones for higher quality recording; two headphone ports; a dedicated M button at the top of the phone for quick access to your music; microSD card support; and a gold, scrolling wheel for volume control. All of this is coupled with high-quality audio processing, a DJ app, and a low-latency input for some impromptu guitar jamming. The phone will also be bundled with Marshall’s own Mode in-ear headphones. 


But all that means it won’t be sporting the latest and greatest hardware. The phone, titled London, will sit at 4.7” with a 720p display, 2GB of ram, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera—all powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor.


Right now the phone is aiming to for an August release in Scandinavia, the Baltic States, and the U.K., and is priced at around $590. Quite expensive for a phone with such modest specifications. But this is a boutique device and could be worth the cost for some users. Although there’s no U.S. release date, Marshall does want to expand into other territories.




H/T The Verge | Photo via Marshall

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