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Opera for iPad gets an early hands-on preview

After reportedly being rejected by Apple, Opera Mini for the iPhone finally hit the App Store in April of last year. The alternative browser uses Opera's server-side processing and page compression for lightening fast browsing over slow connections. Almost 10 months after its debut on the iPhone, Opera is ready to launch its iPad version as well as an updated iPhone version.

The Norwegian company was on hand at Mobile World Congress showing off its iPad version to conference attendees. Softpedia got a sneak peek at this upcoming tablet-optimized web browser and reported back with a series of screenshots and a quick hands-on preview.

According to their first impressions, Opera for iPad is blazing fast, pulling down web pages with lightning quick speed. The latest version of this mobile browser includes a tabbed interface and pinch-to-zoom, both of which aid in navigation. Opera also includes a custom on-screen keyboard that assists in the entry of URLs and bookmark information.

Opera did not provide an exact launch date for the mobile browser, but judging by its polished look, Opera Mini for the iPad should land soon.

[Via Macstories]

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