The first of which is Nvidia’s Optimus technology which will switch between the higher performance Nvidia graphics (presumably ION 2 in this netbook) and the lower performance, and less power hungry, integrated graphics. The switching is automatically controlled which serves to give you a boost in graphical processing power with ION 2 when you need it, and switch back to integrated graphics when you don’t in order to save battery life.
In addition to the relatively powerful ION 2 graphics in the Eee 1015N, the unit will use the latest 1.5GHz Atom N550 dual-core CPU which will offer better performance than previous Atom processors.
The less ground breaking specs are a 10â€ screen at 1024×600, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, Windows 7 Starter Edition, 6-cell battery and HDMI out. Notebook Italia has a nice hands-on video showing the 1015N playing smooth HD video:
Availability is unknown at this point, but the netbook is expected to be priced around $480.
Thanks to Lilputing for the heads up.