A quick update: the Leica M-E Typ 240 camera is now officially announced and it will be priced at $3,995 / £3,500 (tax included):
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Leica Camera has just announced a new member of the legendary Leica M family, aimed squarely at newcomers to the M-System. The Leica M-E (Typ 240) is a brand new take on the established formula from the popular Leica M (Typ 240) cameras, with some welcome changes and improvements. It offers a full frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, Leica Maestro processor, 2-year Leica warranty and access to the full portfolio of Leica M lenses for a price of $3,995 – making it the new entry-point of Leica M rangefinders.