VAIO has unveiled a new version of its SX12 laptop that is powered by Intel’s Comet Lake processor, offering SKUs with up to six CPU cores. The miniature notebook weighs less than a kilogram and should not only offer decent performance, but also has a vast set of connectors as well as an optional 4G/LTE modem.

To minimize its weight and dimensions, the VAIO SX12 comes in an enclosure that is made of carbon fiber and plastic. As a result, the machine weighs just 906 grams and is 15.7 mm ~ 18 mm thick. The notebook features a Full-HD display with very thin bezels that allowed VAIO to install a 12.5-inch screen into an 11-inch-class chassis. Furthermore, the company has managed to equip its SX12 with a keyboard featuring a 19-mm pitch.

The 2020 VAIO SX12 is based on Intel’s 10th Generation Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10710U processors, which offer four or six CPU cores as well as built-in UHD Graphics. The CPU is paired with 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory as well as a 256 GB SSD with a PCIe or SATA interface. Like other PCs from VAIO, the new SX12 fully supports the company’s TruePerformance technology that combines an advanced cooling system as well as increased CPU power limits in order to enable the CPU to work at higher clocks for a longer time.

Like previous-generation VAIO SX12, the new notebook has a set of connectors typically not found on 12-inch class machines. In particular, the laptop has GbE, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (can be used for data, display, and charging) port, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connector, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an SD card reader, two display outputs (HDMI, D-Sub), a 3.5-mm audio jack, and a proprietary power port. As for wireless technologies, the notebook is equipped with a Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth 4.1 controller as well as an optional 4G/LTE modem. In addition, it has a webcam with IR sensors for face recognition, a fingerprint reader, stereo speakers, and a microphone.

VAIO says that the SX12 can work for 13.2 – 13.5 hours on one charge, but does not disclose exact capacity of the battery. Meanwhile, the system can be charged using a proprietary power brick, or a standard USB-C charger.

VAIO SX12 (VJS1211) General Specifications
Display 12.5" anti-glare panel with 1920×1080 resolution
SoC Core i7-10710U
(6C/12T, 1.1 ~ 4.7 GHz)
Core i5-10210U (4C/8T, 1.6 ~ 4.2 GHz)
Storage 256 GB NVMe 256 GB SATA
Wireless  802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.1
Optional 4G/LTE modem
 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.1
I/O ports GbE
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
SD Card reader (UHS-I)
Camera 720p webcam
Audio Integrated speakers
1 × TRRS 3.5-mm jack for headset
Dimensions 287.8 × 203.3 × 15.7 ~ 18 mm
Weight 887 ~ 906 grams
Battery 13.2 ~ 13.5 Hours
OS Windows 10
Fingerprint Yes
Availability January 2019

The new VAIO SX12 laptops will be available in five colors, including black, silver, brown, pink, and red for a custom special edition model. In Japan, the new PCs will cost ¥197,800 - ¥242,800 depending on configuration. Unfortunately, it is unclear when the new SX12 is set to become available in the US, if at all.

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Sources: VAIO, PC Watch

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  • Makaveli - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Meh I preferred when Sony was still making Viao machines.
  • lmcd - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    LPDDR3 sounds suspicious and likely incorrect, no? Does the controller even support LPDDR3?
  • lmcd - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Whelp ARK says it doesn't even support LPDDR4 or LPDDR4X, only LPDDR3 and DDR4, so that's out as far as accurate sources go.
  • yeeeeman - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Comet Lake supports LPDDR3.
  • sorten - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Some manufacturers use space constraints as a reason to exclude a USB-A connector from their thin and light devices, but Vaio went ahead and threw in a VGA port! Crazy.
  • ingwe - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Honestly seems like a waste. I feel like everyone has switched to HDMI at this point. I would like if this had a second USB C. But I might be in the minority there.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Still plenty of busines users with VGA projectors and VGA monitors. Moving from VGA has been notoriously slow.
  • Tams80 - Saturday, February 1, 2020 - link

    You've clearly never been into a Japanese meeting room.
    They still have fax machines. Their previous head of cybersecurity claimed to have never used a computer...
  • shabby - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Pfft where's my parallel port?
  • Cliff34 - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link


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