Opera announces new power saving mode in Opera browser for Windows PCs


Opera today released new developer channel build of Opera for PCs which includes a dedicated power saving mode, designed to extend your laptop battery life by up to 50%. If your laptop is in battery mode, the battery icon will appear next to the search and address field in the Opera browser. Click the battery icon to activate the power saving mode and flip on the switch. There is also an option to enable power saving mode when your laptop reaches 20% remaining battery capacity.

Opera team made several under-the-hood optimizations to deliver these power savings:

  • Reduced activity in background tabs
  • Waking CPU less often due to more optimal scheduling of JavaScript timers
  • Automatically pausing unused plug-ins
  • Reduced frame rate to 30 frames per second
  • Tuning video-playback parameters and forcing usage of hardware accelerated video codecs
  • Paused animations of browser themes

Based on the results from testing the power saving feature in this developer release, Opera found that the latest Opera developer version was able to run 50% longer than browsers like Google Chrome on a laptop running Windows 10, 64-bit.

Along with this new feature, they are making changes to the VPN feature which they added last month. They have changed the VPN feature to be part of private browsing mode and when VPN is enabled, the VPN badge is always visible in the private window.

You can download it using the below links,

Read about the new release in detail here.

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