Samsung has released an update to their Galaxy Core brand, but it’s not quite an upgrade. The original Galaxy Core, launched earlier this year, actually had beefier specs and a bit more to offer than the new Galaxy Core Plus. The device, launched in Taiwan, may be aimed at emerging markets, or could just be a cost-cutting measure by Samsung.

Android Beat is postulating that the downgraded specs can be attributed to Samsung taking full advantage of production efficiency. The 768MB RAM chip in the Galaxy Core Plus is the same that’s used in the Galaxy Note 3, except the larger device has six of them. It would also explain the strange RAM size, but there is no confirmation of that.

Elsewhere, the device sports a 4.3-inch screen at an 800 x 400 resolution and a 5MP rear camera. There is also a dual-core, 1.2GHz processor, which is all the same as the predecessor. The only difference is the memory, which lends more credence to the reasoning. If Samsung were simply trying to streamline their efforts, this would deb a good way to cut a corner.

The device also sports Android 4.2, though we’d like to see what effect Android 4.4 could have on this one. For an operating system that promises better performance on a lower end device, this would be a good place to start. The Galaxy Core Plus is only about $270, and will probably stay in Taiwan. The newly released Moto G is already much more attractive, and runs about $100 less.