Samsung has a new low-end smartphone sequel that’s curiously a step down from its predecessor. Quietly launched in Taiwan this week, the Galaxy Core Plus, a follow up to the not-so-old Galaxy Core, comes sporting lower RAM (768 compared to the previous 1GB) and half the storage space (4GB to the previous 8GB). It’s unclear why Samsung chose to take a Plus device down a notch, but at least it comes equipped with Android 4.2, whereas the Galaxy Core ran Android 4.1—still, for the most part, Jelly Bean is Jelly Bean.
For the most part, the Galaxy Core Plus remains unchanged from the previous iteration: 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch 800 x 480 display and 5-megapixel rear camera (front-facing VGA shooter). For now, the device seems specific for audiences in Taiwan, with no word on wider availability. If you do insist on hunting on down, the device will run about NT$ 7,990 ($270 U.S.) off-contract.