It looks like our assumption about Opera’s “Next Generation in Mobile Browsing” teaser (from last week) was dead on. Sorry to disappoint those who were hoping for an official Opera Mobile 9.7 release, but Opera Software just announced the release of Opera Mini 5 beta. First impressions, the Java based browser feels like it’s been revamped with a slick interface and is quite speedy. If you’ve ever been a fan of Opera Mini, you’ll want to check it out. The browser does require a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to run. To download Opera Mini 5 beta, just point your mobile browser to m.opera.com/next. View a rundown of features after the break.
List of features via Opera Software:
Innovative and Easy-to-use
Living up to our vision of providing the best Internet experience on any device, Opera Mini 5 boasts a powerful new user interface. Merging the best from our desktop browser together with new innovations for mobile phones, Opera Mini is advanced, yet highly intuitive to use.
With tabbed browsing you no longer need to interrupt one session to start another. Use your web-mail in one window, Facebook in another, Twitter in a third and all that while checking the latest sports results. With Opera Mini you can easily identify the different tabs and jump between them.
No more hassle with those hard to enter user names and passwords. Opera Mini 5 will remember your credentials and you can log on to your favorite Web sites with just a single click. The passwords are stored on your phone for your convenience.
Full Web in your palm
When visiting a Web page, Opera Mini displays the overview of the page and suggests where to begin your reading before you zoom in. Opera Mini also detects when on a Web page designed for a mobile phone and displays it optimally.
Touch & Keypad
The user interface has been designed for both touchscreen and keypad style mobile phones. With a touchscreen you can enjoy even easier navigation with our new zooming and kinetic scrolling.
Get your favorite Web page with just one click. Speed Dial is a set of visual bookmarks you see when you open a new tab, like a dashboard for your on-line life. To add a new page, simply click on an empty Speed Dial slot, and Opera will make suggestions based on your browsing history and bookmarks.
Built for speed
Time is precious. Opera Mini compresses pages by up to 90% before being sent to your phone meaning faster page load times than in other mobile Web browsers.
Find things faster
The new Opera Mini lets you search for text within a Web page so you can get to the information you need even quicker than before.
Scroll at warp speed using your phone keypad or by dragging the page on a phone with a touch screen.