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November 14, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Core Plus launches in Taiwan as a strange downgrade from the Galaxy Core

Samsung’s Taiwanese arm has quietly launched a new smartphone, the Galaxy Core Plus. Now given the Plus moniker, you’d expect it to be an improved (read: upgraded) version of the Galaxy Core, right? Wrong.

The Galaxy Core Plus is more like a Galaxy Core Minus, despite its name. The original Galaxy Core got official in May with lower-midrange specs. It came with a 4.3-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, all the usual connectivity options (sans LTE), and a 1,800 mAh battery. It ran Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

So what about the Galaxy Core Plus? Well, it runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is certainly nice to see considering that the original Galaxy Core never got an OS upgrade (and the Core Plus probably won’t either). But all the other changes compared to the original device are for the worse.

The Galaxy Core Plus has just 768 MB of RAM and just 4 GB of internal storage. That’s a third less, and 50% less than the Core, respectively. This makes absolutely no sense.

So if you can choose between the two, get the original Core unless you need Android 4.2 for whatever reason. The Samsung Galaxy Core Plus is priced at 7,990 Taiwan dollars, which means approximately $269 at the current exchange rate. Not a cheap offering by any stretch of the imagination, especially when you compare it to the Moto G announced earlier today – which is around $100 less and has much better specs.

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