So, unless Apple is going to be turning the Mini line into a low priced Net-top set of devices, it wouldn’t make sense to put a slower, cheaper processor under the hood. Even with dedicated NVIDIA 9400N graphics and all kinds of tricks, that thing would chug.
Check the benchmarks, the Duallie Atom 330 is rated at less than 2/3rds the speed of the Pentium D circa 2005-2006 for most tasks. This is great when sold at $30/chip and put into a $300 Netbook to run a browser on XP or Linux, but definitely not aimed at the $600-$800 Mac DESKTOP market. A Pentium D isn’t even as fast as the current Mac Mini’s chip so the slowdown would certainly be noticeable.
They are backtracking a bit saying that this could go into the AppleTV. While this makes a lot more sense (with NVIDIA/ION we might see full 1080P capable AppleTVs) we aren’t sure we expect to see this any time soon. Plus, we expect the AppleTV to move to the ARM platform soon.
Or a netbook.