VAIO SX12 Ultrabook is tiny, powerful and now available in the U.S.

What you need to know

  • VAIO announced the SX12, a thin and light laptop with plenty of ports.
  • The VAIO SX12 is now available in the U.S.
  • The design is similar to the VAIO SX14 seen earlier this year.

VAIO is making a strong comeback after its big split with Sony a few years ago. VAIOs are still designed and made in Japan, where its lineage is strong, even in 2019.   The new SX12 — a smaller version of the SX14 — is a new "sub-notebook" that goes on sale today. Here is what you need to know about it.

VAIO SX12 is seriously small

The SX12 is a continuation of VAIO's goal to make highly versatile, but also very reliable laptops for business users. Developed primarily for the Japanese market, VAIO brings some unique features that no other laptops in its class have, specifically lots of ports.

VAIO SX12 tech specs

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Operating systemWindows 10 Pro
Display12.5 inches, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920x1080, matte, non-touch
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8265U
Intel Core i7-8565U
GraphicsIntel UHD 620
Memory8 or 16GB DDR3 (2,133MHz)
Storage256GB, 512GB, or 1TB NVMe SSD
Front Camera0.92MP
TCG2.0 Security Chip
ConnectivityWi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
Bluetooth 4.1
4G LTE (optional)
PortsFull SD reader
USB Type-C with PD, DP1.2
Ethernet 1,000BASE-T
USB 3.1 Type-A (x1)
USB 3.0 Type-A (x2)
AudioDual speakers, Headphones
BatteryUp to 10 hours
Dimensions287.8 mm (W) x 15.7 mm ~18.0 mm (H) x 203.3 mm (D)
Weight1.99 lbs (902g)
ColorsPink, silver, all-black, Kachi blue

The device includes three USB-A ports, one USB-C port, a full-size SD card slot, an HDMI port, an ethernet port, a VGA port, and a headphone and microphone port.   The laptop runs on an Intel 8th Gen quad-core Core i5 or i7 processor and has an optional LTE module. Despite its number of ports, the VAIO SX12 weighs only 902 grams (1.99 lbs).  

VAIO SX12 in 'Kachi' blue

Besides standard colors like white and all-black, the high-end model with a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage comes in a new "Kachi" blue. Kachi is described as a "dark indigo" and goes back to the days of the samurais who "preferred this color as a good luck color that leads to "kachi (win)." With gold accents, the color is achieved with a unique, organic dye process of the unidirectional carbon fiber chassis. Each limited-edition Kachi VAIO SX12 has a unique shade and look thanks to this challenging procedure.   That high-end Kachi model retails for $2,199 and comes with special matching packaging and a wipe cloth.  

VAIO SX12 is special

Pricing starts at $1,199 for the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in pink, while the silver model costs $100 more with a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD) instead. The all-black configurations jump to an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and either 512GB of storage ($1,599) or 1TB ($1,899). For those who want a rugged but tiny laptop that can handle just about everything you throw at it, the VAIO SX12 is an exciting option.

Look for our review of the VAIO SX12 in the coming weeks.

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VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank (opens in new tab) ($13 at Dell)

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Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (opens in new tab) (From $13 at Dell)

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Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad (opens in new tab) ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

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  • Most Pro laptops should have this amount of ports, there is always that one time we need a port be it VGA, HDMI, DP or ethernet, this is like the headphone jack in phones, you may not use it but from time to time a situation appears where you wished that you had one, and it's ridiculous how a 50$ phone could handle such a simple situation but for some reason a 1500$ phone can't, a phone that costs 30x more! A Pro laptop should be ready for any situation, if wanted to be limited I would use an iPad.