That's a an accurate viewpoint.It is as if the X-E3 was designed to be a second body. Which is a shame because it is such good value
For me I like to think I've leveraged that design to fit my needs as a primary body.
I like the light feel. I really like the look. For me it in no way feels cheap. It's ergonomics without added grips are actually very good.
The thumb hump on the top right is more than adequate and better than previous designs. The front finger grip isn't bad either.
The slimmed down(missing) buttons don't work for any who need fast on the go changes but for the slow and methodical it works.
I swipe - down for ISO.
The EVF is small compared to the lovely T1/T2 but adequate.
If it's left EVF vs. flip LCD I take the left EVF. Feels/looks better to me and I use that every time vs. sometime. Make one with both and I'll likely buy it.
All in all, it's a high value little powerhouse that I really like to use.