Nikon 'retro' camera coming with D4 sensor?

A rumour is circulating about a Nikon FM2 styled body with these specs.:-
  • Pentaprism viewfinder (meaning the camera will not be mirrorless)
  • The camera will meter even with non-AI lenses down to full aperture
  • The camera will ship with a new special edition Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens to match the look/design of the body
  • The camera will have physical controls and excellent build quality (which explains the 765g weight)
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • Same sensor as in the Nikon D4
  • Nikon calls it a "hybrid" camera - not sure what exactly they mean with that
  • The announcement most likely will take place in the next 1-3 weeks
  • Nikon FM2 like design
  • 16.2MP 36x23.9 full frame sensor (same as in the D4?)
  • SD memory card
  • 2016-pixel RGB image sensor
  • 9-cell framing grid display
  • 3D color matrix metering II
  • Native ISO range: 100-12800 (incl. ISO 50 and ISO 108,200)
  • 5.5 fps for up to 100 shots
  • 3.2" LCD screen
  • Battery:EN-EL14
  • Dimensions: 143.5 x 110 x 66.5mm
  • Weight: 765g
It will come with a new AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens (again, not clear what mount the new lens will have) 

Nikon Rumors gives this a 90% probability.

Now I REALLY hope that nobody is messing around here as this is a camera I would love to have. The Nikon D4 sensor is simply amazing, but I've never considered it because of the weight (and price) of the D4. 

Now I'm not sure if anybody else is seriously excited about the prospect of the above specs. in something that looks like this:-

But I am. Absolutely my favourite camera design ever. I just hope they don't mess it up. Talk of a hybrid viewfinder, which worries me that they will come up with something like the Fuji X-Pro 1 nonsense. Also some speculation as to whether they will price it to high plus the battery isn't particularly powerful.

However, just on the off chance they have got it right I'm bidding on the Series E lenses I don't have yet on ebay!!!

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