Smartphone leader, Samsung has released a variant of the 2012 flagship handset dubbed as Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo in India.

Unlike Previous Neo models (Galaxy Grand Neo and Note 3 Neo) launched last month, Samsung has chosen to be discreet about the new phone and has just listed Galaxy S3 Neo on the official website.

E-commerce company, UniverCell has begun taking orders of the phone from consumers for ₹24,499, whereas popular Mumbai based brick-and-mortar store, Mahesh Telecom is selling the phone for ₹24,900.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo made its debut as 'Galaxy Neo+' with same model number- I9300I in China in January this year. The handset sports a 4.8-inch AMOLED display and runs on the Android v4.3 Jelly Bean powered by 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage (expandable up to 64GB).

Other stipulated attributes include 8.0-megapixel main camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera, 2100 mAh battery and houses standard connectivity features like 3G network support, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth v4.0 and Wi-Fi.

The new Samsung phone is very identical to its predecessor, Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) in terms of exterior look and internal components, but the only discernible difference between the two devices is that S3 Neo comes with dual SIM slots and boasts more physical memory (1.5GB) and Infrared Blaster (remote control feature). The only downside is that it houses a slower 1.2GHz CPU compared to 1.4GHz quad-core processor seen inside the 2012 original model.

Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo:

Model Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo(GT-I9300I)
Display 4.8-inch AMOLED HD(720x1280p) screen
OS Android v4.3 Jelly Bean
Processor 1.2GHz quad-core processor
RAM 1.5 GB
Storage Capacity 16GB, expandable up to 64GB
Camera Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with auto-focusFront: 1.9-megapixel
Battery 2100 mAh
Network 3G      
Add-ons Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, IR-LED, GPS/GLONASS, USB v2.0, smart-features include: Smart Stay, Smart Alert, S Voice, Direct Call and Pop Up Play
Dimensions 136.6 x 8.6 x 70.7 mm
Weight 132 g

(Edited by Vanilla Sharma)