According to information published in Spanish site DSLRMagazine (a very respected site), the new, upper range dSLR camera from Pentax (K7, although the name is not confirmed at this time) is being currently subjected to beta testing. Here I translate the main content of that article.
It will be a APS-C camera, in order to remain compatible with the current line of lenses. Besides, it will have the possibility of using (with adaptor) the new lenses developed to the forthcoming Pentax 645 Digital (medium format). Among them, the Pentax-D 645 55 mm f/2.8.
Other informations that seem to be clear: the new K-R will be the top of the line and will have a optical glass pentaprism (via Hoya), upper LCD and dial to choose professional modes, with central lock. There will be no built-in flash (as shown in the picture shown in the previous entry of this blog) UPDATE: Since this comment was posted, it is confirmed that the K-7 DOES HAVE BUILT-IN FLASH, INDEED, as previously stated in this blog).
Besides, it might incorporate one of the most interesting patents from Pentax, i.e., the possibility of showing simultaneously, on the optical viewfinder, information about other functions, such as live histogram or even... Live-View and video with the mirror lockup!!
The article is written by Michael Wardson and I thank him and DSLR Magazine (a web magazine devoted to photography, run by the very reputed photograph Valentín Sama) for the very interesting hints.
The first picture of the new model, spotted by Desmond.young, a member of Pentaxforums, is this one:
Please notice that the two images posted thus far come from the same Asian blog, and that the original heads up about the first picture came from Desmond.young. Besides the information translated above was written by Michael Wardson. So THOSE are the actual sources of information, not some rices of the web.