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Marshall's new smartphone goes to 11

Marshall's new smartphone goes to 11

If you're in a band, or know someone who is, you know the name "Marshall." This company has been around since 1960 and makes some of the best and most sought-after amps in the world.

It's a fairly narrow niche, which is why Marshall took the world by surprise when announced it's making an Android-based smartphone called the London. What's that going to be like, you ask?

The hardware itself isn't too stellar. With a 4.7-inch screen, 720p display, 2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 410 processor, it's on par with budget phones like the Moto E.

It's also a bit on the chunky side for a modern smartphone. But there's a reason for that.

Marshall is sticking with its strengths on this project, which means design and audio. For the design, Marshall took cues from its popular amps, including the power-on light, brass accents and texture of the case.

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The London also includes an actual volume wheel, rather than the usual volume buttons.

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The "M" button on the top instantly launches your music and lets you control it no matter what else is going on.

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On the audio side, it has two front-facing speakers backed by a dedicated Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub soundcard. In addition to MP3, it also handles uncompressed audio formats like FLAC, and there's a global equalizer that applies to any music app you use.

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The London includes two headphone jacks so more than one person can listen at a time, and there are two built-in noise-canceling microphones for stereo recording.

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It also comes with audio apps like the LoopStack 4-channel recorder and DJApp.

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Source: The Verge
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