Micromax has just brought in an octa-core processor powered smartphone, the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 E313, and this is said to be the cheapest device with an octa-core chipset in the Indian market. Interestingly, although Micromax’s subsidiary brand Yu Televentures is an online-only brand, Micromax is opting to sell some of its Canvas series phones only on particular online stores. In this case, the Canvas Xpress 2 is going to be sold exclusively on Flipkart.

“Catering to this need of the mass Indian youth, we are today proud to announce the launch of Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 — the most affordable octa-core smartphone in the market. This move will further consolidate our position as the clear market leader in the sub Rs.7,500 category,”

said Shubhajit Sen, CMO, Micromax.

There are some good upgrades to the specs from its successor, as the Canvas Xpress 2 comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and a Mediatek 1.4GHz octa-core processor (MT6592M, with Mali 450 GPU) powers the device, along with 1GB of RAM, and there is 8GB internal storage, expandable to 32GB with MicroSD card.

Micromax Canvas Xpress 2

The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and on a positive note, the OS is upgradeable to Lollipop version. For a device with this price of Rs. 5999, the Canvas Xpress 2 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with Dual LED flash. It is the 1/3.06-inch OmniVision OV13850 sensor with Largan 5P lens. On the front is a 2-megapixel selfie shooter with OmniVision OV2680 sensor.

There are smart gestures included in the UI, and features like a camera widget and quick look are also given. For a good audio experience, the Cirrus Logic Wolfson Stereo DAC is packed within the device. The Dual SIM device comes with a 2500 mAh battery.

Price and Availability: The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 is priced at Rs. 5999, and given how it come packed with decent specs, the phone seems a good deal. Availability could be an issue if you are looking at offline stores to get one, as it is a Flipkart exclusive model, and the first flash sale will be on August 4th from 2 p.m., and the registrations are open right now.

The color available is black with gold rim. Vodafone subscribers will be getting 500MB 3G data for two months, on the purchase of the device.