So just a few tweaks to the current platform and no major changes. A bit of a bummer, but oh well.
It will probably have the new and improved lens as seen on the 5040, which is already an updated version of the lens that is in the LS10000. This together with the newest version of Epson's pixel shift system should result in a bit better overall image quality. Full DCI P3 coverage that can actually be calibrated and mapped is of course a big selling point as well, giving the option to watch SDR UHD's with a HDfury and get the full color gamut is just great. Though, I was hoping that last thing would be added via firmware to the existing LS10000.
The 5040 was built from the ground up on an entirely new platform, so I guess it's too early to expect that for the LS10000. This seem to be a stepping stone projector in the new and still not yet completely set in stone territory that is UHD blu-ray.
It's clear that JVC are the ones pushing the envelope right now. That said, the LS10500 can now stand in competition. At 7,999$ with its laser light source, UHD compatability with full DCI coverage it is a nice option for people who don't need the lumens, and who find many things to like with the laser light source (like me).