Baofeng Competition

For a while, Baofeng radios have been a popular choice for Amateur Radio enthusiasts either looking for a low-cost option, a spare second radio or as an introduction device for a young new licenced hobbyist.

It may now appear that Baofeng has competition, as the world's third largest Smartphone maker - XIAOMI are entering the amateur/ham radio market with a visually pleasing radio capable of accessing both UHF and VHF bands.


Transmitting Power: 0.5W / 2W
Band: public frequency band ( 0.5W ), U / V band
Power Interface: Micro USB
Input Parameters: 5.0V, 1A
Rated Voltage: 3.7V
Wireless Connection: Bluetooth 4.0
BLE Modulation Type: F3E
Spurious Radiation:7.5uW and less
Sensitivity ( Transmitting, Receiving ): -122dBm ( 12dB SINAD ) 
Battery Type: 18650 lithium-ion battery ( included in product ) 
Battery Capacity: 2600mAh ( 9.6Wh ) 
Battery Charging Time: about 3h
Battery Standby: about 200h ( 8 days ) 
Battery Use: about 17h ( transmitter, receiver, standby time ratio of 5: 5: 90 ) 
Audio Rated Power: 1W
LCD Module: 160 x 100 resolution LCD black and white LCD screen
Public Channel: 409MHz - 410MHz ( 20 frequency ) 
Call Distance: about 10km in sea level environment, about 6km in urban area
Operating Temperature: -20 - 60 Deg.C
Charging Temperature: 0 - 40 Deg.C

Product weight: 0.2000 kg
Package weight: 0.3400 kg
Product Dimension: 5.45 x 2.40 x 20.00 cm / 2.15 x 0.94 x 7.87 inches
Package Dimension: 10.00 x 5.00 x 21.00 cm / 3.94 x 1.97 x 8.27 inches

Package includes

1 x XIAOMI Mijia Radio Walkie Talkie
1 x Antenna
1 x USB Cable

The product still appears to be "coming soon", and online pricing appears to be inflated from the suggetsed $35 to $88 due to demand to get hold of one of the first production devices.

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