So you think in such a short time span and so far into development they changed the card configuration from dual CFexpress (which you would expect for the R1, just like the 1DX III) for the CFexpress + SD configuration?Whatever rocks your boat my friend.
Canon thought they were back on track with camera. Until Sony launched the A1. Then Canon decided to name this camera R3 instead of R1. Let’s hope for the masses that Canon can make an R1 this year. Or they will fall further and further behind.
If this was supposed to be the R1, it makes no sense to call it anything else. Suppose the R3 started out as the R1 and Canon only changed the name. How does that benefit them? They would have given the appearance of creating a new line without actually doing so. Meaning people wanting a true R1 are expecting it to be released next year and people happy with the R3 will expect an R3 II in three to four years.
Canon can't rush a camera they hadn't scheduled before the A1 announced to market to compete in time for those that expect said competitor to launch next year. So they would reduce sales of the R3 by giving people the illusion a better camera is around the corner for no benefit.
And for the people who buy the R3, Canon would set them selves up for a rough time when conveying to those people that they'll be treated just like the people hanging on for an update of the 7D series or M5.
For what benefit? To look less embarrassing when compared to a body like the A1 - that sits in a completely different market segment anyway? Canon doesn't care about what YouTube and social media think of them. They care about money. Please explain how simply renaming the R1 to R3 would create a financial benefit for Canon.
Edit: Whoop! 800, here we go boiiis Off to infinity and beyond!