Opera Software, the maker of desktop Opera browser for Windows, Mac OS X and other devices, announced on Monday plans to create an entirely new browser from scratch optimized for web surfing on tablets.

The new browser will be based on and promises "the smoothest tablet and netbook experience on the market."

Their chief of development Christen Krogh, explained in a written statement why Opera for tablets will be a fully featured release:

In 2011, tablets are a new must-have. Opera is creating waves with the first public preview of Opera for tablets. Opera for tablets brings the same trusted Internet experience to tablets and netbook PCs as users have come to love on their mobile phones and desktops.

The preview video, included below, briefly shows tabbed browsing and smooth pinch-zooming on an Android device and promises a similar tablet experience to its desktop counterpart. That is, Opera for tablets will let you surf the web on your slate, but also check email and manage your social networks. No other details regarding the features, supported platforms or availability were released at press time.

However, the Norwegian browser maker will be showcasing Opera for tablets at the upcoming CES. If you’re attending the show so feel free to hop over to their booth in South Hall 2, Lower Level, #26502 and experience Opera for tablets first-hand.

Source: Opera Software