One of the most used browsers in the world, Google Chrome has a bad reputation when it comes to power consumption, especially in its version for Windows 10. However, Intel is working together with Chromium – an open project that creates new features for Chrome – to change this, good news for notebook owners.
According to Windows Latest, an Intel engineer revealed in the Chromium discussion forum that the company has developed a new feature to allow HDR videos to be played using RGB10 Overlay technology, which improves power consumption, helping to optimize battery performance.
However, this superior power performance will only be available on 10th generation and later Intel Ice Lake processors, which are the only ones to support the technology. That is, only laptops equipped with these latest chips from the company can have the improvement announced in Chrome.
Another important detail is that Edge, a new browser from Microsoft, can also benefit from increased battery life in notebooks, if the technology is really implemented, just like any other browser based on Chromium.
When will the improvement be available?
Intel has already started working on this feature, but it is likely that it will still take time to reach Google’s browser and the others based on Chromium. That’s because the Mountain View giant decided to postpone plans to launch Chrome versions 81 and 82 due to the new Coronavirus pandemic.
It is speculated that the company should even skip these two versions, moving directly to Chrome 83, whose launch will only happen in a few months. It may be the first update to receive the feature to reduce battery consumption.
Microsoft Edge is also delayed due to health concerns.