Marshall Unveils Its Very Own Smartphone

Marshall Unveils Its Very Own Smartphone
Marshall is best known as the maker of iconic guitar amps, but now the company is unexpectedly moving into a new corner of the music market: smartphones. This snazzy-looking Android phone is dubbed the Marshall London.

The phone comes via Marshall Amplification's spinoff company Marshall Headphones. Fittingly, it has a music-centric design with two stereo headphone jacks, dual bass-boosted speakers, a stereo microphone, a pre-installed music player, and what a press release calls a "dedicated hifi-grade sound card."

It also comes with Marshall Mode in-ear headphones, and is pre-loaded with the 4-channel recording app LoopStack. A DJ app will launch later in 2015.

There's an analogue scroll wheel for volume control (which looks a little bit like the dial on an amp), and the phone has a black matte surface that's made to look like the shell of an amp. And, of course, it has the iconic Marshall logo that rock fans have seen on the front of stack amplifiers for decades.

Beyond those fancy-schmancy features, the phone's tech specs are as follows: it has a 4.7-inch (720p) display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (plus a microSD card slot), an 8-megapixel camera with a flash, and a removable 2,500 mAh battery.

The price is listed at 4,995 Swedish krona, which is $756 CAD. Such is the price of having the world's most rockin' smartphone. It will initially launch in Scandinavia, the UK and the Baltic nations. There's no word as to exactly when it will come to North America.

Read more about the phone here.