For those who don’t want to take their chances with the next flash sale of the Lenovo K3 Note -- less than one-in-10 the first time around last week -- the Lenovo A7000 may be worth considering as an alternative.

While the K3 Note scores over the A7000 in some respects, the latter costs 1,000 rupees ($15) less, and is currently available in an open sale without registration, on the online shopping site Flipkart. Both handsets have the same 5.5-inch screen size though the K3 Note has better resolution. The A7000 has an 8MP primary camera versus the 13MP one on the K3 Note.

Plus, there are subtle differences in the Mediatek chipsets used in the two phones. The A7000 uses the MT6752M, which can run at a maximum speed of 1.5GHz, whereas the K3 Note uses the MT6752, which can run about 13 percent faster. Both processors were made with the 28-nanometer manufacturing technology and released in 2014. 

And while the A7000 and the K3 Note are both powered by 2900mAh batteries, the processor in the latter helps more than double talk-time to 36 hours, according to SpecOut.

The A7000 costs 8,999 rupees while the K3 Note retails at 9,999 rupees. Both phones are now available in white and black colors. The still cheaper A6000 Plus (by 1,500 rupees over the A7000) is also available in a kind-of brick red, judging from the way it looks on the computer screen.

The K3 Note, based on its first sale last week, has been a resounding success. Lenovo announced on its official Twitter account in India that the company had crossed half a million registrations for close to 47,500 units that were available for the sale.

Registrations are open for the next sale, which is on Wednesday. This time around there will be two sales on the same day, one for those interested in the black-color handset and another for the white-bodied version.