Baofeng GT-3 might be different after all

*Update*: I posted a review, please click here.

When Brick wrote about the radio I shrugged. Yet another UV-5R variety? Oh please! I did like the looks though.

Baofeng GT-3However, a recent Baofeng news bulletin says the following about this ‘limited edition’:

Fujian Nanan Baofeng Electronic Co., Ltd, world’s leading provider of high-performance ham transceivers today officially unveils its brand new flagship ‘GT-3’ Two-Way Radio, in cooperation with US-based industrial design partner SainSonic. This is a limited edition that offers an excellent combination of performance, endurance and style.

Utilizing the latest RDA1846S RF IC, GT-3 excels in real-world performance with its enhanced anti-interference capability. In addition, GT-3 provides a new noise-reduction feature for noises caused by severe signal intensity changes and tail tone elimination when transmitting or receiving signals between 50Hz with 55Hz.

Further powered by the state-of-the-art RDA5802N RF Receiver Chip, GT-3 delivers an ideal balance of optimum sound quality with varying reception conditions and low battery consumption.

GT-3 also incorporates the UTC TDA2822L Power Amplifier IC, aiming for the best user experience with a low crossover distortion.

“GT-3 will bring to our customers the ultimate in performance, endurance and reliability, at price points that even the most cost-conscious users will find appealing, not to mention its disruptive exterior design,” said Mr. Alex Wang, CEO of Baofeng Electronic.

The decision to design a revolutionary two-way radio dated back to 2012, when Baofeng was celebrating the one-million sales milestone of its UV-5R series. After 12 months’ efforts together with SainSonic, Baofeng is finally ready to launch the GT-3 into the market, which is expected to create consumer excitement by an industry-leading feature-set.

As a limited edition, only 50 thousands units of GT-3 will be manufactured and be distributed by strictly selected distributors. Initially setting the retail price under $70, Baofeng hopes the GT-3 will be owned by every Baofeng’s loyal hobbyist.

I looked at the original Baofeng UV-5R schematics (download here). Basically the chips have been upgraded to the latest versions. This could result in overall improvements, but I’ll have to wait and see for myself. I might have to hurry, only 50.000 units available!