Xiaomi unveiled the MIUI 7 Global ROM at an event in New Delhi today, and this also marks 5 years of MIUI. The new MIUI 7 comes with lots of new features, fresh UI changes and most importantly performance upgrades promising to make it a worthwhile upgrade from the MIUI 6. There is one such feature Xiaomi has developed in cahoots with Opera Software, called the Opera Max, which will bring about optimized data saving capability to the Xiaomi’s MIUI 7.


The Opera Max is nothing but the baked in data saver techmology which once toggled on will compress data from all the apps, thus helping users save on the precious data usage. Before you start wondering, the compression also works on streaming of video and audio files including YouTube, Line and many other applications.

Hugo Berra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global was quoted saying “Our vision is bringing innovation to everyone. The Data Saver feature on our phones, powered by Opera, is a perfect example of how we apply this philosophy to our software and services. This new feature will give all of our users much more out of their data plans, and I believe Mi fans all over the world will love how this feature keeps their Internet costs under control.”

Opera Max is already available as a standalone app in the Google Playstore and just recently they have announced support for HTTPS videos, which means that it can even compress YouTube and Netflix.

Interestingly, Opera claims that data savings can reach “upto” 50 percent without an evident loss in the video quality and it further assures that the compression technology will actually reduce the buffering. Opera routes the entire traffic through its servers and compresses it before it is sent back to you, thus achieving a significant conservation of data. If privacy is quintessential for you, better give the Opera Max a skip in spite of the assurance from Opera that it does take users privacy very strictly.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.