Steve Ballmer Promises Surface with Windows 8 Pro Will Be “Unique”

The Pro version of the Surface is expected to be released in early 2013

Sales of the Surface RT are rather modest, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer said in an interview with French publication LeParisien, but that’s not at all a problem because the Surface Pro is expected to register record sales.

Ballmer explained that Surface Pro, the much more powerful version of the tablet that will actually run Windows 8 Pro and will support legacy Windows applications, is the tablet everyone is waiting for at this point, so record sales are just a matter of time.

He said the Surface Pro is going to be a “unique” device, but that’s not surprising at all, we’d say. It’ll actually be the first tablet in the world running a full-featured operating system and 32- and 64-bit apps.

In addition, he confirmed that the upcoming device would rely on a new Intel processor and a higher screen resolution, two features that could indeed turn it into a real iPad killer.

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