After launching the phone in UK,Sweden and Germany,SE has launched the Xperia in India on november 14th.

I expected the price to be about Rs.30,000-Rs.35,000.But it is much more than that,the MRP is Rs.44,500.

The X1 stands out with its arc-slider design, fully functional nine customisable panels, a 3-inch clear wide VGA display, a full QWERTY keyboard, 4-way key and optical joystick navigation and a 3.2 megapixel auto focus camera within a quality metal-finish body. Running on Windows Mobile the Xperia X1 has the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and WiFi support.

"The Xperia X1 is the first product under Sony Ericsson's new premium sub-brand Xperia. Designed to meet consumers' needs for a converged entertainment and mobile web communication experience, the Xperia X1 is an exceptionally stylish handset, enhanced by the striking arc-slider design, encased in real stainless steel, to provide quality and durability. It is supported by a powerful panel multimedia ecosystem. said Sudhin Mathur, General Manager, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.

He further added, "The XperiaX1 can be personalised through its nine panel user interface to suit the user's moods and lifestyle. Users can access content quickly and directly through the touch screen, easily switching between applications by touching one of the unique customizable panels. The arc design gives a distinct and unique feel. With Windows Mobile, the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and Wi-Fi support, you can enjoy your favourite entertainment and work efficiently on the move. Xperia is our promise to think foremost of user experience and to deliver the premium experience – anytime, anywhere, anything, with anyone."

HTC were the first to launch the full touch screen handset HTC Touch HD. And now they are launching another handset, HTC Max 4G which has GSM and WiMax technology.The phone will be sold by the Russian Yota Mobile WiMax network in the country.It will be launched in other countries later.

WiMAX represents a new era of mobile computing, where large file transfers, video calls, movies on demand, online gaming, live television,and truly mobile VoIP are standard features for pocketable phones.

The phone will have a features of 3.8" 480 X 800 pixel display and WVGA resolution with touch screen,a 5 MP primary cam and a VGA secondary cam.The MAX 4G comes with a 528 MHz processor; 256MB ROM, 288MB RAM, and 8GB of flash memory; Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro with HTC's TouchFlo 3D UI; GPS It will also be able to hop between GSM and WiMax networks. It will be powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 and will have a TouchFlo 3D interface.

Microsoft India on Monday launched its map services – Live Search Maps – that will offer users detailed listings and street maps for nine cities, business listings across 29 cities and access to highway networks to 20,000 cities and towns.

“Live Search Maps for India will allow users to search for geographical information, places of general interest and business listings both on the PC and mobile phones.Similar services are already being offered by its rivals Google, Yahoo.

The first version of the local mapping service for India has been developed by the company’s India Development Centre (IDC) in Hyderabad. Microsoft Live Search Maps has detailed listings and street maps of the four metros along with Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.

The service will also allow the user see business listings across 29 major cities like Pune, Agra, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kanpur, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Nagpur, Nasik, Patiala, Patna, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara and Vishakapatnam.

The service is available free for consumers. Microsoft will generate revenue from the ads placed along maps later. Currently, we are focusing on generating unique consumer experience to have people using the service,” said Mr.Rishi Srivastava, Head, Microsoft India Consumer and Online Marketing Operations . Microsoft India is planning to add new features such as landmark-based driving directions and satellite imagery for India.