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MediaTek to embed Opera data compression into LTE chips

MediaTek's upcoming 64-bit system-on-chips will have Opera Max data compression tech built-in.

Opera Max lets people monitor their mobile data usage by app over various time periods and see data savings from Max compression.
Building Opera's tech into MediaTek's chips means people won't need to download the separate Opera Max app -- shown in action here -- to compress data. Opera Software

MediaTek's upcoming 64-bit smartphone processors will come with Opera Software's data compression tech, Opera Max, built-in.

Opera said Wednesday that smartphones equipped with the octa-core MT6752 and quad-core MT6732 processors will consume half as much data as those with other chips. Opera Max functions by compressing video, photos and texts across apps and browsers.

By embedding the data compression into the chipset, consumers don't need to download the Opera Max app from the Google Play Store. Opera said phone owners can choose to activate the feature or leave it turned off.

The MT6752 is a 64-bit octa-core processor with eight 2.2GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Unlike other octa-core processors such as Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa which runs in a "4+4" configuration, all eight cores of the MT6752 are always available. The MT6732 has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores and is clocked at 1.5GHz.

Both chipsets have support for worldwide LTE connectivity and are meant for midrange devices.