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Personally, I'm not upset or anything, but it has made the PS4 pro go from a must buy to a 'buy when my current PS4 dies'. I don't have a 4k TV but the extra quality at 1080p is tempting, yet the future proofing of have a uhd Blu-ray player for when my TV eventually dies and I replace it with a 4k TV was the necessary pull to bring me across the purchasing line. Without it, I can wait....
Using the button battery as a reference (looks like a 2032 or 2016 rechargeable lithium battery), the new die size appears to be ~ 12.5mm x 17.5mm, or 218mm2, a nice reduction from the 348mm2 of the OG PS4. Also has used the 8gb gddr5 chips to drop the memory chip count to 8 from 16. Should be a decent size cost reduction for Sony....
The cost reduction enabled by the availability of 16nm lithography could be used in two ways, either shrink the existing design and pass the savings onto the consumer (PS4 slim model), or keep the price the same and add value (XB1 Slim and PS4 Neo). Sony has to make pricing room for the Neo, if Neo is to be $399 (obvious price point) then PS4 can't be $349. So they've used 16nm to cut costs...