Gionee Marathon M5 Lite hit the Indian shores on Monday, a month after it was launched in China. The affordable smartphone is available online on the company's official store for Rs 12,999. The biggest USP of the Marathon M5 Lite is its 4,000mAh battery, which claims to offer 40 hours of talktime.

Gionee Marathon M5 Lite joins the Chinese smartphone-maker's Marathon series, which offers huge batteries and also serves as power banks. It is the cheaper version of last year's Marathon M5, and comes with toned-down specs suitable for budget-conscious shoppers. But the aviation-grade aluminium alloy body gives it a premium touch.

In terms of specifications, Gionee Marathon M5 Lite has a 5-inch HD IPS display with 293ppi. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor, Mali T720 and 1GB RAM. There is 16GB onboard storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.

On the camera side of things, Marathon M5 Lite features an 8MP rear-facing shooter with CMOS sensor and LED flash, and there is also a 5MP snapper on the front for selfies. The handset features dual SIM slots and supports 4G LTE among other standard connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.

Gionee Marathon M5 Lite may have a 4,000mAh battery, but the design of the handset does not flaunt it. It measures 143x69.9x8.5mm and weighs 182 grams.

With these specifications, Gionee Marathon M5 Lite has some serious competition ahead from devices like Asus Zenfone Max and Lenovo P1m, which offer better specs at lower price. The Zenfone Max features a 5,000mAh battery, 2GB RAM, 13MP primary camera and sells for Rs 9,999. Lenovo P1m has a 4,000mAh battery, 2GB RAM and a price tag of Rs 7,999.