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Marshall's 'London' Smartphone Takes Design Cues From Classic Amps

Marshall has been known for its amps for decades, and recently has branched out into smaller items — headphones, speakers, and now a smartphone.

Marshall has been known for its quality amps for decades, and recently has branched out into smaller items: headphones, speakers ... and now a smartphone toting the brand's familiar textured vinyl finish. The Marshall London is a mid-to-low-range Android phone with some welcome extra features and a tasteful design inspired by the classic amps.

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In addition to the textured finish (it's not actually vinyl) on the back and sides, the London is equipped with two headphone ports, so you can share music with a friend. Have more than one friend? Use the extra-large front-facing speakers — don't expect the sound to go to 11, though. And instead of a tacky volume rocker, you get a cool physical dial. It's got a bunch of custom music and DJing software as well.


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Meanwhile, the specs will be underwhelming for many: a 4.7-inch, 720p screen, an average-speed processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage (it has a Micro SD slot, though), and an 8-megapixel camera with flash. That's about what you'll get in cheaper phones like the Moto G — but the Moto G doesn't have two headphone ports.

The bad news is that not only is it only available in Northern Europe for now, but it's quite expensive — 4,995 kroner, or around $580. Hopefully this unique phone will come the U.S. soon — maybe with a smaller pricetag.