IFA 2015 has been feeding us with announcements, hands-on opportunities and all kinds of news all week, and while roaming the halls we managed to spend some time with one of the more interesting launches of the year. The Marshall London was announced earlier in the Summer, seemingly out of nowhere, to give music fans their ideal smartphone. Well, we suppose at least those looking for something to compliment their guitar amps from the glory days of rock and roll. The London is a device designed entirely for those looking to spend more of their time listening to music than anything else.
As a result, the specs here aren’t great, with a 4.7-inch 720p display and a Snapdragon 410 running the show. However, the outside and its features are what sets this apart. With two headphone sockets, a physical half-dial for a volume control, the Marshall is all about the music. It has a solid music chip inside of it as well as a system-wide equaliser that adjusts how things sound no matter which app you’re using. This goes hand-in-hand with the dedicated ‘M’ button, which will instantly launch any music app you like, and can be found at the top of the smartphone itself.
There’s a nice case to go along with the London, which will remind anyone of the inside of a guitar case from yesteryear. It’s got a crushed velvet interior and it features the same sort of cracked leather effect we find on Marshall amps and their range of Bluetooth speakers. Those interested can take a look at the gallery below and read more about the London here.