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Meet "London," Marshall's First Android Smartphone 67

MojoKid writes: Marshall may be better known for its music equipment, but that isn't stopping the company from bringing a better audio experience to the smartphone market with its London handset. Given its highly customizable nature, it should come as no surprise that London runs Google's Android operating system (Lollipop 5.0.2). The London features dual front-facing speakers, a Wolfson WM8281 sound processor, Bluetooth atpX support, and a gold-tinged scroll wheel on the right side of the device that handle volume control, which Marshall says offers "tactile precision [that] allows you to find that sweet spot of sonic goodness." Once you get past the audio-centric functionality, there's a lot of lower-end hardware under the hood of the London. You'll find a 4.7-inch 720p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, LTE connectivity, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and a removable 2500 mAh battery. In other words, those specs make the London more in line with the Moto G.
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Meet "London," Marshall's First Android Smartphone

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  • It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.

  • Next we'll see HMV bring out an Android phone made out of mahogany.
  • Its a mid-range smartphone with some slightly-better-than-usual-for-the-specs audio hardware (but nothing you couldn't find on any number of fairly decent smartphones) and a fancy name attached to it.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by smallfries ( 601545 )

      And a tiny 16GB of storage. For music lovers. You know, the kind who would use flac instead of mp3. Just saying

      • Re: Big deal (Score:4, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 18, 2015 @06:33AM (#50134459)

        Don't forget the microsd slot...

      • by mlts ( 1038732 )

        With all the Android phones out, why can't we get one that is actually worth the cost, and not just a run of the mill device? For example:

        A vape stick + a phone. Since the vape battery has a lot of amp-hours, might as well have a phone built in.

        A phone made by a musical instrument company should be up to snuff for musicians. For example, it would have a beefed up DAC, at least 128-256 gigs of storage (or at the minimum, two MicroSDxC ports with 16-128 GB of base internal storage), FLAC, and bundled with

    • . . . but does it come with Monster Cables . . . ? Audiophiles really can hear the difference, even if it is only in their own minds . . .

      • I was arguing with a friend yesterday, he told me that audio via toslink sounded much better than audio via HDMI (using the same speakers). Toslink and HDMI are both digital, so I don't know what he's talking about. Any audiophile want to answer that?

        • They can sound differently due to the way the device(s) provide the input and/or to the settings on the receiver (because yes, they are both digital).

          A simple indication of things that can happen is provided in the second post here:
          http://www.avsforum.com/forum/... [avsforum.com]

          A proper test would have the input devices doing only bitstreaming of medium-bandwidth audio in a format supported by the receiver and the receiver applying no or exactly the same postprocessing (including gain, obviously) to the decoded streams.

    • But it has Front Facing tiny speakers
  • I don't need the fancy audio but I like the front facing speakers and the modest hardware. Now if ony screen and battery size were larger...

  • Since he passed away the marketing boy's have taken over the place. Too much overpriced crap products
  • by BlacKSacrificE ( 1089327 ) on Saturday July 18, 2015 @07:30AM (#50134551)
    Screw your diamond encrusted case, I'll take mine with Brilliant Pebbles [machinadynamica.com] please.
    • Brilliant Pebbles

      I don't think I've ever before said that I was gobsmacked, but that actually smacked my gob.

  • Moto G? The phone with 1GB of RAM? I have one, and let me tell you, you REALLY notice the difference coming from a 2GB phone. It doesn't really impact my lifestyle or anything, but the difference in responsiveness is actually dramatic.

  • Don't get me wrong, I prefer analog volume dials to the crappy push button volume controls almost everywhere, but a phones a dumb place to have one.

    What's going to prevent that dial turning every time it's put into a pocket?

    • probably the "lock" function...
    • My bigger concern would be liquid and/or dust ingress. The great thing about buttons is they are fixed onto an [flexable material] bed, which apart from supporting the button cap also forms an inside/outside world seal. An actual thumbwheel? not so much. Granted the housing which contains the thumbwheel mechanism can be sealed, isolating it from the gubbins proper of the phone, but I can't see a mechanical device (nor the encoder which reads its position, be it optical or push-button based) standing up to s
  • by unami ( 1042872 ) on Saturday July 18, 2015 @09:52AM (#50134997)
    looks like a phone with decent specs and unique features and design. i don't see the need for the best specs on paper bundled together in a crappy phone with bloatware and a general purpose OS that's far from optimized for the hardware. which still won't have the unique features this one has. it's like saying "that dodge over there is crap, because it won't be as fast as my honda over here, but costs more". really, are some android-people so insecure that they always have to deride users of other phones than the ones they got, just to feel better? you'll hardly find those type of comments in windows-phone, blackberry or iphone forums. maybe the phone is their only pride & status - symbol in life?
    • I find that it's the same as most Windows users. It's all about the hardware, because the software sucks.

  • Damn kids (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ArcadeMan ( 2766669 ) on Saturday July 18, 2015 @10:42AM (#50135195)

    Once you get past the audio-centric functionality, there's a lot of lower-end hardware under the hood of the London. You'll find a 4.7-inch 720p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, LTE connectivity, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and a removable 2500 mAh battery.

    A 720p display, a quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and an 8MP camera is "low-end hardware" now. In your freakin' pocket, too.

    I guess kids these days don't have a clue about how much we've advanced in the last 30 years.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Compared to similarly priced phones, this phone is shit in the specs dept.

  • and the Volume goes to 11. That's more.

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