You’ve seen official pictures of the Sony Xperia Neo L before. Though it isn’t scheduled to be out until Q3 2012, which puts its release date merely weeks away, the phone has landed into the hands of Taiwanese online retailer ePrice. Here are some beauty shots of the Sony Xperia Neo L in the wild.

The Xperia Neo L maintains some design characteristics of its predecessor, the Xperia Neo V. Though we swear if you squint your eyes a bit when looking at the white version, it does look like a close cousin of a phone from another manufacturer, the HTC One X. That’s a good thing, really. Apart from that, the Xperia Neo L disappointingly retains many specs from the Neo V.

For the technically minded, the phone comes with the same single-core 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, Adreno 205 GPU, 1GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, and 5MP rear shooter. On the plus side, the Xperia Neo L has gained a bigger 4-inch display of 854 x 480 resolution and shed a few millimeters around the waist.  You’ll also find Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

There seems to be a trend amongst major phone makers to release budget models into the market in a more attractive casings. For instance, there’s the HTC One V, which utilizes the same set of processor and  GPU, though it has a smaller screen. At least both phones are better than LG’s offer with the Optimus L7, which is stuck on 2-year old processor, despite the premium design and 4.3-inch IPS display.

Back to the Sony Xperia Neo L, we still don’t have detailed information about its price and availability. But we’re pretty sure it’ll be in the affordable range. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures. It’s not at all a bad-looking phone, yes?