Micromax Informatics is holding its next flash sale of the Canvas Spark smartphone today at 2 p.m. local time (4:30 a.m. EDT) only on Indian online shopping site Snapdeal.

It has now become the established practice for most smartphone vendors in India -- one of the world's fastest-growing markets for smartphones -- to make their handsets available exclusively with one online partner or the other. 

The 4.7-inch handset, which will ship with Android Lollipop out of the box, offers a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 8MP/2MP cameras and 2GB/8GB storage. The phone doesn’t support 4G, but at 4,999 rupees (about $78) is a smartphone that holds its own against rivals such as the Moto E. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the dual SIM phone also has space for a MicroSD card of up to 32GB capacity. The 2000mAh battery should last a day without hiccups for the average user.

Meanwhile, Celkon Mobile has released a version of its Campus A35K smartphone with infrared-transmitter-based remote control feature that allows the user to control gadgets such as televisions and DVD players with the handset.

Celkon Celkon Mobile has released a version of its Campus A35K phone with remote control feature. The phone costs about $50. Photo: Celkon Mobile

The A3K costs 3,199 rupees ($50) and supports 3G, while most hardware specs are aimed at users with a constrained budget. The phone will run on Android's KitKat version.