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Motorola Slvr L7e: The Slvr L7 gets a makeover

If you liked the Slvr L7 then you're in for a treat -- as part of a rash of new phones, Motorola has a new version called the L7e, with a better camera and new keypad

Over the past year or so, Motorola handsets have been relatively thin on the ground. Compared to the likes of Nokia and Samsung, Motorola has taken a more relaxed approach. It's not that it's doing badly -- in fact, it's doing very well -- but it just wasn't as rushed when it came to making new phones. At least, that's what we thought.

Over the past couple of months, Motorola has announced a whole bunch of new handsets including the Krzr K1, which is now available in shops, and the Razr xx, which features HSDPA connectivity. A few days ago, Motorola added another new handset to its portfolio -- the Motorola Slvr L7e.

The L7e is essentially the same as its predecessor, the ultra-thin candybar Slvr L7, but it comes in blue and features a 1.3-megapixel camera and a new keypad. The new keypad is more akin to the original Razr V3 layout and therefore should be easier to use than the original L7s zig-zag layout.

According to sources at Motorola, the L7e will be available some time before Christmas. Expect a full review soon. -AL