TCL's president confirms extremely high demand for BlackBerry KEYone on launch day


TCL's BlackBerry KEYone was officially launched in North America earlier today, and judging by the statement offered by the company's president, it looks like there's demand has been high for the smartphone in both countries.

According to Steve Cistulli, President and GM of TCL Communication North America, May 31 was an excellent day for the launch of BlackBerry KEYone, as the smartphone has been met with warm reception by customers in the region.

Moreover, TCL's official confirmed that it now faces issues with stocks as many clients who pre-ordered the BlackBerry KEYone won't be getting it for a while. The same goes for those who are trying to purchase the smartphone on launch day.


However, TCL is now working with all retailers selling the BlackBerry KEYone to replenish stocks as soon as possible in both markets. 


If you haven't yet decided whether or not TCL's smartphone is worth buying, you can check out our BlackBerry KEYone review. Hopefully, your preferred carrier or retailer has enough units in stock.

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KEYone
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1620 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3505 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo

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59 Comments

30. Izzat

Posts: 12; Member since: May 16, 2012

dont mind what Lumbergh the lumbering idiot said... the KEYone is a great phone.. but still though its a bit pricey.. i just wait for the price to go down

26. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Why dont they give the actual number of units ordered?

23. shnibz

Posts: 523; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

"extremely high"....for a Blackberry

7. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

6 months from the first showing to launch day, and most people who ordered this device can't even get an estimated delivery date. Doesn't strike me as a great launch by TCL.

11. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Well, I am one of those people who placed their order around midnight last night and was not sure what is going to happen. Just now got an email from Amazon that my order has shipped.

13. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Glad to hear it, enjoy!

14. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Thanks, but I agree with not a great way to launch a product.

25. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Your lucky you got your order in. I went on Amazon this morning and it was already out of stock

29. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I bought from Amazon but the seller is 3rd party seller (TCL ).

48. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

I got mine May 2nd. I ordered it from Selfridges UK on April 27. Guaranteed delivery date right when I ordered it.

6. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Don't buy the hype.

5. toukale

Posts: 676; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I have yet to hear a president/ceo of a company say anything but what this guy said on every launch. The key is how well will this thing sell a month, two or six months from now. Will he be saying the same thing then? It also depends on how low they target is? Are they looking to move a few thousands or a few millions, that's the real story there.

47. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

If you're talking about John Chen hyping up every BB device launch, this isn't Chen saying this.... this is the President of TCL (Li Dongsheng), not the President of Blackberry (John Chen), hyping up the product.

3. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 975; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

What is this 2006? Having 25% of the face taken up by a keyboard doesn't look very good. It's impractical and merely paying homage to their ancient and forgotten design language.

4. Heisenberg

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Keep quiet and hit the kitchen to assist your mom. You aren't needed here

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3202; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I take it you do zero text input on phones. A vkb takes up much more than 25% of the screen real estate in portrait mode and more than 50% in landscape mode. Nice try, now go get your shinebox.

22. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 975; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You talk a lot of smack without knowing my experience lol good one though. I've owned several BB models in the past, so I understand what physical keys are all about. What you're failing to grasp (clearly) is with a virtual keyboard, it has this cool magic ability to go away once you're done using it, instead of PERMANENTLY taking up 25% of the available space on the front. The key word here is "permanent". Virtual keyboard doesn't rob the front of the device of its valuable screen real estate for the sake of nostalgia. If you'd like, I can draw it out with colorful shapes to help you understand this basic concept.

24. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

What you're failing to understand is that this device is not for someone who plays games and watches videos on their phone, so they don't give a s**t about having the keyboard take up screen real estate. This device is for people who send hundreds of emails and messages a day, like myself. Someone who types much faster on a physical keyboard than a virtual keyboard. Not sure if that basic concept is too much for your tiny brain to comprehend.

32. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 975; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

So with the response of each virtual key relying solely on the detection of your finger instead of having to press a physical key, that makes it slower than a physical keyboard? You really want to believe that lol sure does take a tiny brain to figure that sht out

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes. Typing on physical keys is faster and more accurate. But a tiny brain can't seem to comprehend that sht. ;)

46. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

By your logic, laptops and desktop computers should have virtual keyboards. There is one out there, a Lenovo I think. Hasn't sold too well.

59. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 975; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Typing with all 10 fingers vs just thumbs is not comparable, sorry. I didn't realize anyone had to make that distinction, then again I'm constantly surprised by what gets passed off as "logic" around here.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

You talk a lot of BS for someone that clearly doesn't understand what the KEYone is about. It's not about playing kiddie video games or for watching your favorite porn videos on. It's about productivity. Those in the market for a KEYone could care less about that stuff. It's not about "nostalgia" , it's about a device that makes you as productive as possible, and getting sht done. You are more productive with a physical keyboard than you are a virtual one. You don't like it? Fine. Buy something else. This device clearly isn't for you. For someone that claims to have used BlackBerry devices in the past, you sure have lost track of what they're all about. I could draw it out with colorful shapes to help you understand this basic concept. Just ask. ;)

31. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 975; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

It's not as funny when you're repeating what's already been said, but a solid attempt. You should feel proud of yourself

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's was extremely lame. Try harder next time.

39. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lol got him.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, he's got you too, and in a way your boyfriend might disapprove of.

44. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 975; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Gay jokes are even better than brain jokes, and it's usually a sign of surrender. I accept.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hey, I'm not discriminating against you. If that's your lifestyle, so be it. No judgements from me, dudette.

52. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Do you ever shut up?

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