Acer outs ION 2 netbook debut

Acer is claiming to be the first box builder to offer a netbook featuring Nvidia's ION 2 GPU and a discrete graphics chip in the same diminutive shell.

The Aspire One 532G, which was unveiled at MWC in Barcelona, intelligently switches between the two GPUs depending on the demand on the system.

The new offering looks exactly the same as Acer's 532H netbook (pictured) but has an extra trick or two under its shiny plastic lid.

The 10.1 incher manages 720p video which can also be pumped to a larger screen via an HDMI output, is powered by an Intel Atom 1.66GHz N450 CPU and has an un-yet undisclosed second discrete Nvidia GPU (probably a GeForce 310) for when the graphics going gets tough.

NV's Optimus technology will apparently switch seamlessly between the two graphics chipsets depending on whether you are banging out a few emails or watching HD video.

It looks like Acer is keeping its hat on the full specs until Nvidia officially launches the technology at this year's CeBit techfest.