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Opera, Inq ink mobile browser deal

Several Android and feature phones in Inq Mobile's lineup will soon come preloaded with Opera Mini.

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Opera Mini 5
Opera Mini 5 will land on Inq phones.

Opera Software and London-based phone maker Inq Mobile have penned a deal to preload Opera Mini 5 browser on several Android smartphones, as well as feature phones.

The U.K. will be the first to receive the models this month, followed by Australia and other European, Asian, and North American markets (Canada) in which Inq Mobile operates.

Opera Mini is known for speedily compressing and rendering Web pages through its proxy servers, an asset for feature phones in particular. In addition, the browser features tabs, bookmark sync, and a password manager.