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BenQ chooses Opera

Opera have announced today that BenQ's new UIQ phone due for release early in 2004 will use Opera's Smartphone Edition browser. The phone will use Symbian OS 7.0.

Press release
BenQ Includes Opera on Upcoming P30 Smartphone
Taipei, Taiwan and Oslo, Norway - Nov. 4, 2003
Opera Software today announced that BenQ, a leading manufacturer of digital lifestyle devices, has decided to include the Opera's Smartphone Edition on their Symbian-based P30 smartphone.

Opera revolutionized the mobile and Internet industry with the launch of Small-Screen Rendering™ (SSR) in 2002. With SSR, handset manufacturers and operators can for the first time fit the whole Web into the limited screen sizes available on smartphones. SSR intelligently reformats Web pages to fit the available screensize, eliminating the need for horizonal scrolling.

"Users will love surfing the Web with Opera on the P30. With a 16-bit touchscreen that sports a resolution of 320x208 pixels, both interaction and visibility is a breeze," says Harrison Chang, Senior Associated Vice President of BenQ. "By including Opera we gain a competitive edge with operators and users, the P30 offering everything a mobile operator can dream about in a device."

Opera is fun for both users and operators, data proving that GPRS traffic goes through the roof when Opera is included on a handset.

"The combination of a good-looking handset like the P30 and Opera will result in a winner in the market place," says Rolf Assev, executive vice president strategic alliances, Opera Software. "Operators can now significantly raise their average revenue per user, while simultaneously providing their subscribers with a fun and useful Web experience"

Availability
P30 is scheduled for delivery in Q1 2004. Opera's delivery is based upon Opera's 6.2 code base on Symbian OS v.7.0 and the UIQ platform.

Learn More
Learn more about SSR and Opera's mobile browsers.

Learn more about the Opera Platform.

About BenQ
BenQ is an industry leader in networking lifestyle devices with an expertise that encompasses display, storage, imaging, wireless and broadband areas.

BenQ has manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Mexico, China and Taiwan. The company has 13,000 employees worldwide, supporting a strong global sales marketing and service network spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas. BenQ has research and development facilities in Taiwan (Hsinchu Lab), China (Suzhou Software Development Center) and California, USA (Wireless Technology Center), and has more than 2000 research and development employees in Suzhou, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu and San Diego. BenQ has amassed 1148 global patents. 2002 revenues exceeded US$3.03 billion dollars. For more information about BenQ, please visit our website at BenQ.com.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, partnering with companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Macromedia, Adobe, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, iTV and vertical markets.

Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linköping and Gothenburg, Sweden, and a sales representative in Austin, TX. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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