Regular readers will recall that I very much liked the Sony A900—best thought of as a medium-format digital back in an SLR-style body—which I got to test for a week last Fall courtesy of Alpha Lens Rental. (I've tried to get one for more extensive testing, but Sony is a redoubt into which there is no access from the ground.) Now, according to Sony DSLR maven par excellence David Kilpatrick back on August 1st, it looks like Sony is readying for release a "lite" or simplified version of the A900, to be called the A850, which will presumably sell for significantly less. As David puts it, apart from a single instead of double Bionz processor and slight changes to the viewfinder requiring less stringent calibration, "it is exactly the same as an Alpha 900. It weigh the same 850g body only, takes the same battery, shoots the same 880 images per charge, has the same dimensions and is made of the same materials." Based on careful divinations from scanty indicators, he concludes the A850 will either be cheaper than the A900, or it will cost the same as the A900 and the price of the A900 will go up.
The source of the leak was the placement of the GB (British) instruction manual PDF on the Sony South-East Asia official website as an accessible download. If you're among the truly interested, you can now get the download from David's article, at the above link, by clicking on the image of the front cover.
(A personal aside that is neither here nor there: if Sony would just give me a damn 35mm ƒ/2 to put on the thing, I'd buy one. I'm a broken record, yes, and evince the calcified bitterness of permanent frustration, yes, it's true.)