Awesome new player, hopefully it will be affordable :)
I know, you and other people are right about this price point. With 1000$ it would still sell very good. It is just, I hope it will not be that expensive, so I can enjoy the sweet sweet ES9018. The X7 was a disappointment, with Windows XP UI (I hope you get is ;)). BUT, Cowon and iBasso are not in the same Market, so it will not really have an effect on the share price of Cowon. Cowons major market is S-Korea anyway, everything that is beyond that is just a plus. Additionally who on Head-Fi uses D3 + DAC combinations anyway. I tried with the Cowon V5 + iBasso D10. -> Cowon V5 music playing capability comes from HELL and it will rape the nerves while waiting for the next track.... FFFFUUUUUU
EDIT: Your signature is great. Found myself very often in such situations lately...
The release date is in less than 45 days... (I hope) there should not be major problems at this point. qusp pointed to some challanges that arise when implementing the ES9018.
Or perhaps they wanted to make the DX100 the standalone flagship, have exclusive stuff in, so if you want the Sabre you have to get it, rather than being able to get a D7 to use with other stuff. Just a thought.
If it runs on Android, then I'm assuming there is a media player App that can do gapless. If not right now, I know Rockbox for Android is under development. If there is no Android, gapless I think is critical for many.
I too am concerned about the size of it. If it's anywhere close to as thick as those pics make it seem, then I don't want to carry a separate amp with it either. Hopefully the amp is as good as other iBasso portable amps.