Opera makes its browser even more power efficient with new battery saving mode

Opera has implemented a power saving mode in its main desktop browser and is touted as the first to do so. The news will not affect those on a desktop PC, but laptop owners will be interested to learn about possible 50% savings in battery life when using Opera compared to earlier versions of the browser and Google's Chrome. This update is currently applied to the developer release of Opera.

Krystian Kolondra, SVP of Engineering at Opera commented on the announcement:

"It's extremely frustrating to run out of battery on your computer, whether you are out traveling, watching videos, or you have just left your charger behind. Our new power saving mode will nudge you when the laptop starts to consume battery, and, when enabled, it can increase the battery life by as much as 50%."

The company has been able to achieve battery savings by reducing activity in background tabs not currently in focus, adapting page-redrawing frequency and tuning video playback parameters. The mode will be available when the system detects that no power outlet is connected to the laptop or other portal Windows PC. A battery icon will be present next to the address bar within the browser which can be selected to engage power saving mode. The browser will suggest activating the mode when the battery hits a low level.

As well as the power saving mode, the team behind the Opera browser also bundled some performance improvements in version 39 to further enhance power efficiency, as well as memory management. So if you happen to find yourself running low on power due to web browsers, it may be worth give the latest release of Opera a try. these new features are available in the developer stream (opens in new tab) as-of-now.

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  • Does anyone know if Opera has a 64-bit version? Posted from Windows Central App for Windows 10 on Surface 3
  • There is Opera developer edition that has an experimental x64 edition. You can download it here: Opera Developer x64 - experimental
  • Opera was the company MS should have bought when they finally decided to kill the IE. Despite Opera being a source of many headaches MS had in the past, they clearly have a talented staff there and a good reputation within the browser market despite their low marketshare. Too bad some chinese company bought them.
  • Nadella would have ruined Opera like everything else he touches.
  • I'm also happy that Opera isn't owned by msft.
  • Opera ASA has already ruined their browser themself ;)
  • No one ruins like Nadella. No one.
  • Best browser than UC and ME IN MOBILE
  • Not on windows phone, sorry
  • I'd have to agree with you. I was overjoyed that Opera finally came to Windows Phone. I've used them since around Opera 9 because they were the only ones supporting Windows stuff and Nokia devices. I was underwhelmed by the results, their strange updates to the software, and the general lack of optimization on their WP version. The software that they released on Windows Phone is not worthy of the Opera badge. They don't typically drop the ball like that on their other supported releases.
  • I think Safari has a power saving feature on Mac that is part of both the browser itself and the OS (or Safari integrates with the OS feature at least) Opera seem to be really making a push lately. Which is good to see when really it was just a Chrome clone for quite a while, nothing really that unique. I've always had it on my machine, but been using it more often since they started pushing out more features as they are actually doing interesting things fairly regularly as of late.
  • Fortunately, Opera is returning to be quite unique and very competitive web browser. Opera used to be a very full-featured one that it even has it's own Email client.
  • Made in China.
  • I definitely have to download opera and start using it on my PCs.
    Chrome needs too much memory and is a Google product, IE is good but dated, edge... Is that a browser? Netscape 2.0 was so much better...
  • Edge is a very good browser, and for netscape ... Do you guys get a hardon about the old days?
  • Best browser ever ! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Opera in Windows 10 mobile is the worst browser ever.
  • Even Microsoft's own apps are worst in Windows 10 Mobile.
  • This is the worse planet to live on. Posted with awesome WC app on SP2
  • Go to mars
  • Edge is best browser on w10m and it's getting even better after cumulative updates why do we need opera,uc,chrome..all that ****
  • Opera has built in AD blocker, VPN & now power saver, EDGE still can't hold more than 3 tabs without posing trouble. I would love to have these features built in to EDGE till then bye bye Chrome and welcome back Opera.
  • I have mostly more than 8 tabs open on my Edge (Surface Pro 3). sometimes, multiple windows with similar number of tabs. In fact Edge crashed on me hardly 3 - 4 times since launch. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • In Edge, before starting a new session I need to kill all other tabs first. Even if it's just a blank page tab. Otherwise it doesn't load anything. 
  • Edge is very good and it is getting better, but I don't believe it's ready to become my main browser on desktop (on mobile I've no complaints so far). I'll need to stick with Chromium for now.
  • I think Edge is pretty OK now, but Energy consumption is something Edge doesn't shine. Edge, on a pretty old and not so powerful Notebook, needs around 8% more CPU (16 vs 8%) just being on idle on the WP Central Homepage, compared to Vivaldi. The Website has a remarkable number of Ads, which somehow need CPU power. Edge doesn't handle this well.
  • Adblock plus is coming to Edge in the anniversary update this July. Vivaldi is based on Chromium-- which is universally known as a power hog.  
  • Opera is Chromium based as well. Hopefully, their optimizations can be replicated by the Vivaldi team or they at least share some of their methods with the Chromium project and those enhancements trickle down.
  • Comparing to the resource vampire known as Chrome is one thing. How does it compare to other, not so low hanging, options?
  • Both Chrome and new versions of Opera are Chromium-based browsers, so it's perfectly fair to compare the two. If not for that alone, Chrome is top-of-the-mountain in browser marketshare right now, so of course they're going to take aim at them.