"If it's not available yet, how can anyone have an _objective_ opinion on it?
Because some of us have handled one already. I got to handle the one on display in Dayton, but could not push the buttons on the keypad, (they were hand painted and not production quality. My feed back would be I liked the eronomics of it. It feel broader than a VX7 but maybe thinner. I liked how it felt in my hand. Not that the VX7 is bad, but the 8 felt better.