This might just be the netbook we've been waiting for: An Nvidia Ion-powered HP Mini with an 11-inch, 1366x768 display for 400 US bucks. And you can actually buy it soon! September 23. Did I mention it plays 1080p video awesomely?
It ships with Windows XP initially, though if you can wait til October, you can buy a Windows 7 model for $US475—by comparison, the original "first" Ion netbook, Lenovo's S12, is completely unavailable until October, and will be $US550, with a lower res (1280x800) screen to boot.
Also up HP's sleeve is a retake on the Mini 110 by artist Tord Boontje, engraved with a surface technology called HP Imprint 3D. Anyways, here are the specs for the 311 (sorry about the all the puns in the headline, couldn't resistor).
SPECIFICATIONS SOFTWARE OPERATING SYSTEM PROCESSOR PROCESSOR SPEED PROCESSOR CACHE BUS SPEED MEMORY ACCESSIBLE MEMORY SLOTS VIDEO GRAPHICS HARD DRIVE FINISH AND FEATURES DISPLAY NETWORK CARD WIRELESS OPTION DIGITAL MEDIA AUDIO KEYBOARD POINTING DEVICE EXTERNAL NOTEBOOK PORTS DIMENSIONS WEIGHT SECURITY POWER OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES WARRANTY AND SUPPORT • Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3(1) • Intel® AtomTM Processor N270(3) • 1.60GHz(4) • 512KB L2 • 533Mhz FSB(4a) • 1024MB DDR3 System Memory (1 Dimm) • Max supported =3072MB • 1 • NVIDIA ION LE for Windows XP with up to 319MB total graphics memory • 160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)(7) • HP Black Swirl Imprint finish & HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone(15) • 11.6" Diagonal HD LED(8) BrightView Widescreen Display (1366 x 768) • Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector) (9) • 802.11b/g WLAN(10a) • 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards(17a) • Altec Lansing Speakers • 92% full sized keyboard • touchpad with scroll zone • Touch Pad with dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down (note: no on/off button) • 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 • Headphone-out/Microphone in combo jack (compatible with 3.5mm 4-conductor jack with stereo audio and mono mic) • HDMI • 1 VGA (15-pin) • 1 RJ -45 (LAN) • Unpackaged: 11.4 in (L) x 8.03 in (D) x 0.78-1.20 in (H) • Packaged: 13.6"(W) x 4.3"(D) x12.2"(H) • Unpackaged: 3.22 lbs(12). • Packaged: 5.3 lbs • Kensington® MicroSaver lock slot • Power-on password • Accepts 3rd party security lock devices • 65W AC adaptor • 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery • HP 90W AC adaptor - KG298AA#ABA • HP PT06 Mini Battery - VP502AA • HP USB Essentials Port Replicator - NK398AA#ABA • 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Toll Free Support (NA) • 1-Year Free Hardware Technical Support • 30-Days Free Limited Software Support with 1-Year (from date of purchase) Free Limited Software Support with Product Registration.