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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  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Hinge design looks interesting, but I wonder how the stress of heavy typists will impact the system over a typical office lifespan. Also agree with others that 8GB (if there is no possible aftermarket upgrade) could be a limiting factor where longevity is concerned. Aside from that, the plethora of ports is always welcome on a smaller laptop. I question the wisdom/necessity of VGA, but if this is targeting the Japanese market, there might be a good reason for it that someone on the other side of the planet isn't aware of.
  • cfenton - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    That's between $1800-$2200 USD. I actually like the port selection (other than VGA), but that's too much for a laptop with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.

    Also, what's up with the space bar? It looks like it's only about a third of the size of a normal one. Is that the standard Japanese layout?
  • yetanotherhuman - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    Yes, the nips have a tiny space bar
  • khanikun - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    It'll probably be much cheaper in the US. Computers in Japan are all high priced. I don't know why, maybe less people buy computers, so they increase price to compensate.

    I live in the suburbs of Tokyo. It's cheaper for me to order my electronics from the states, than it is to buy it from Japan. Be it brick and mortar or ordering online. I have an APO box, so no taxes or high shipping prices.

    Pretty much any electronics cost more. Computers, tvs, portable speakers, headphones, etc cost more when compared to US prices. I have a Sony SRS-XB32 Bluetooth speakers. $100 USD in the states. 20,000 yen ($183 USD) in Japan.
  • poohbear - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Wifi 5 & bluetooth 4.1??? What is this 2018???
  • Flunk - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Do they even sell VAIO PCs outside of Japan anymore? They definitely don't sell them at Best Buy anymore.
  • yetanotherhuman - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    I'm loving all the connectivity, I still have and use my Vaio z13. That said, I feel like 1920x1080 is a bit high for a 12.5" panel, I really enjoy the 1600x900 on my z13, and I absolutely hate scaling or high DPI modes. 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is just flat out bullshit. My old Z13 has 8GB of RAM. Hell, my old Dell Precision M4400 has 8GB of RAM. Also, I'd much, much, much rather have Ice Lake with the better GPU than Comet Lake with 6 cores. It would also fit the spirit of the Vaio Z series better.. they had power in all areas.
  • sharath.naik - Sunday, February 2, 2020 - link

    !6:10 14 inch screen with 1080p resolution is as small as any laptop should go. the 13.5-inch dell xps is stretching it too, but anything smaller you need to use DPI scaling for even a 1080p screen. So I don't get why anyone would want to buy anything smaller. It is akin to someone wanting to buy a sub 1080P screen, who wants to use a 720P screen?
  • jeffry - Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - link

    ~250 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM. Who buys that? This is good to give a speech or something. But thats basically it.

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