Mar­shall Lon­don

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Au­dio gear man­u­fac­turer Mar­shall in July stunned the tech­nol­ogy world with the sur­prise re­lease of a new smart­phone, which it has dubbed the Mar­shall Lon­don.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the new de­vice, run­ning on the An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem, puts mu­sic first. Though it isn’t quite up to spec in terms of stats, a num­ber of fea­tures show that the phone is aimed squarely at au­dio­philes. For a start, in a ref­er­ence to its rock ‘n’ roll roots, Mar­shall claims that the Lon­don might be the loud­est phone on Earth, thanks to a pair of front-fac­ing speak­ers us­ing en­hanced bass tech­nol­ogy and a ded­i­cated Hi-fi-grade sound­card.

Of course, many high-end smart­phones of­fer front-fac­ing speak­ers, but Mar­shall says that the Lon­don can also of­fer “crys­tal-clear” play­back of loss­less FLAC files—a file for­mat best-suited for high-def­i­ni­tion au­dio, and one that flum­moxes most mo­bile de­vices. The smart­phone also fea­tures two stereo jacks on top, al­low­ing two users to share mu­sic si­mul­ta­ne­ously and at dif­fer­ent lev­els.

Mean­while, a global wide equaliser al­lows the user to per­son­alise mu­sic with­out hav­ing to ad­just the sound on each dif­fer­ent mu­sic app. There’s also a ‘M’ but­ton, which pro­vides quick ac­cess to all of the de­vice’s mu­sic play­ers, in­clud­ing the Lon­don’s pre-in­stalled player which sup­ports pretty much ev­ery file for­mat.

As a mu­sic lis­ten­ing de­vice, then, the Lon­don seems like it’s got its house in or­der. But Mar­shall has also done rather well in terms of the styling of the de­vice. There are brass de­tails and but­tons—hark­ing back to the ven­dor’s other gear—as well as an ana­logue scroll wheel, which of­fers more pre­cise vol­ume con­trol. There’s a faux-leather back cover, but other than that, it looks like a high-end de­vice—not bad for some­thing that will re­tail at $499.

In terms of the tech­nol­ogy un­der the pretty face, the Lon­don has a 2,500 mah re­mov­able bat­tery, 16 GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, and a Mi­crosd slot for ex­tra stor­age. The screen is a 4.7-inch, 720p dis­play, and there’s 2 GB of RAM and a Snap­dragon 410 pro­ces­sor, which pro­vides LTE con­nec­tiv­ity. These stats are hardly iphone-beat­ing, but you can for­give the Lon­don on the tech­nol­ogy front on ac­count of its great looks.

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