Opera’s new desktop web browser update for May 2016 has been pegged as the first with a power-saving mode, which will obviously help users when it comes to low-power or running out of battery life on mobile devices. The new feature can be seen within the Opera developer version and this allows you to change page redraw behavior, video playback, and background tab activity that improves energy use.
There’s a few claims being made with the Opera power-saving mode apparently offering up to 50 percent more battery life if you tweak the new features fully. In a nutshell, expect around 3 hours more battery when surfing the web on a Windows 10 laptop and comparing this to older versions of Chrome/Opera.
This claim will need to be tested in the real world and of course can change dependent on many factors, especially in regard to the coding on websites and whether they run flash, etc.
It’s worth highlighting the fact that browser power optimizations have been used previously in other browsers like Apple Safari, as their OS X Yosemite update included disabling banner ads and other page elements that drain battery. The new Opera desktop browser update will allow users to flick a switch and gain extra browsing time, which is important when you got some important work to finish with no access to power.