I promised readers to pick one for a future review. As far as information from the manufacturer and sellers go, these two radios are technically identical. The same upgraded chips, the same performance gain (supposedly) when compared to older models, up to the ‘reverse LCD’.
My negative feelings towards the short UV-5R stock antenna are well-known. They’re not very efficient and heat up quickly. Converting RF into heat instead of radiated energy isn’t a good thing. The first version of the GT-3 also used this antenna. Not really a smart move, especially because the GT-3 was significantly more expensive than a standard UV-5R.
Unfortunately the UV-5X uses this sub-par antenna too. The choice was made: in order to make everyone happy, including myself, I went for the GT-3 Mark II with its upgraded antenna. I can only hope that this new stock antenna will deliver.
According to the technical data these new Baofeng / Pofung radios will have a better front-end, better (more meaningful) squelch levels, and better RX/TX audio. Sounds promising, but I’ve been disappointed before.
When it comes to appearance, the GT-3 Mark II and the UV-5X look totally different. I can’t say that I like the looks of the UV-5X much. It’s not really ugly, but a bit brick-alike, and less stylish than the GT-3. In the end you’re the judge, below two pictures: