gionee marathon m3Gionee on Wednesday launched the Marathon M3 smartphone in India at an MOP of Rs. 12,999.

The major highlight of the M2 successor, the Gionee Marathon M3, is that it packs a massive 5000mAh battery, compared to the 4200mAh battery in the M2. The company listing claims the battery can deliver up to 32.46 hours of talk time on 3G, and up to 51 hours of talk time on 2G networks, or 32.8 days of standby time. The smartphone separately went up for sale via an e-commerce site earlier this week.

Gionee had launched the M2 in February this year, alongside the Gpad G4.

The dual-SIM Marathon M3 runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS One Glass Solution (OGS) display. The smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor coupled with an ARM Mali 450MP GPU and 1GB of RAM.

The Gionee Marathon M3 comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while there is a secondary 2-megapixel front-facing camera also onboard.

On the connectivity front, the Marathon M3 includes 3G, Wi-Fi, WLAN Direct, Micro-USB, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It includes a proximity sensor, accelerometer, and compass (magnetometer).

The handset measures 144.5×71.45×10.4mm, and weighs 180.29 grams (without battery).

Arvind Vohra, India Head, Gionee Smartphones, commented on the launch, “It gives us immense pleasure to bring the much awaited Marathon M3 to India. I am delighted to present our consumers with our latest device that is sure to create a new benchmark in the smartphone market. We have introduced this for discerning consumers who love to be connected on the go and are in the lookout for powerful devices. Along with a strong battery we have also introduced a set of new innovative features like the OTG Reverse Charge or the OTG Data Transfer to enable our consumers with seamless communication. With every product we introduce we have been trying to make communication simpler and faster and our endeavor remains the same with the Marathon M3.”