Very nice read. The Minolta engineers that worked on the CL/CLE did not work on the RX1--they have long since retired. However, the Konica engineers that worked on the Hexar AF, a much closer relative, and Hexar RF could have worked on this project. In 2006 before the division was moved to Sony, it was called Konica Minolta Photo Imaging.
To comment of two really insignificant point:
As far as switching between still and different video files, it can be done straight from the playback mode--press the FN button to see the index and then use the controller to switch. Very simple and fluid. I actually like the files to be separate as they are easier to find especially with a lot of mixed files. While I know it is popular to bash the camera makers, I like the organization so maybe it is just a personal preference and not a flaw.
Personally, I am also happy that Sony does not pad the packaging like some high-end manufacturers. I have this large hard case that came with my p25+ that sits and gathers dust because it only fits a small MFD back. It is also a pain when I need to ship the back for repair because of its size and shippers don't insure expensive gear if not in original packaging. You will also notice the Sony packaging is recyclable. I also like that there paper manuals are smaller and there is no CD--just more junk for my drawers or the landfill. It is nice that this can be gotten from the web. I am happy to buy a great camera--I don't need to pay for fluff that is just to stroke my ego. BTW, a CD cost 15c, but what are the additional cost in production, shipping, and then making sure they get into a box. It is nice to try to break manufacturing into material cost, but it does come up short. I am happy that Sony put the money into what counts.
The charger thing I agree with, even if it did add $50 to the price.