It seems that there is a lot of companies who have an interest in making smartphones. There are some companies that specialize in creating watches that have smartphones in their portfolio and even some manufacturers of construction equipment have created rugged smartphones. Marshall, a company that is known more for their guitar amps and speaker systems has expanded its product lineup and they also make headphones and about a month ago announced their first smartphone. Of course, this smartphone is made for music lovers or those looking for a great audio experience in their smartphone. The London phone is supposed to be available soon, and now some real-life pictures of the phone have surfaced showing the textured back, the front with the white strip surrounding the screen and the top of the phone.
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The design is inspired by their amp lineup, featuring a matte black surface for a better grip and brass accents on the volume scrolling wheel, the dual headphone jacks and the M-button, which can be used to access the music player from any screen. The phone features front-facing stereo speakers measuring 13mm x 18mm, so they should be very loud. It also includes two microphones to record in stereo and it features noise reduction. There’s support for codecs to play audio files at higher resolution and uncompressed audio files, plus low latency audio input. The equalizer can be used with any music player, so there’s no need to adjust it for every app. The Bluetooth APTX connectivity provides a high-quality wireless audio experience.
On the software side, the London phone runs what looks like an almost stock version of Android 5.0.2 and it includes some music-oriented apps like a DJ App or Loopstack. Other specs include a 4.7-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 410 processor with 2 GB of RAM. The internal memory is 16 GB, but it can be expanded with the use of microSD cards. The main camera is an 8-megapixel one and the one in the front is a 2-megapixel option. The included battery has a 2,500 mAh capacity rating, but it is removable, so users can replace it if they have a spare battery. The smartphone even comes bundled with the Marshall Mode In-Ear headphones. It can be pre-ordered for £399 with expected deliveries due to begin August 21.