If this is the real radio ,then Icom has been left in the dust on displays ,which would be kinda what I expected ,the FT 3 and Kenwood 74 will be my choice for daily load out ,clarity and color of display is primary in my selection of hardware,everything else is secondary , if you can't see it to operate it's a problem ,i am greatefull to Kenwood and Yaesu for not joining the race to the bottom of cheap displays.
And the good news is according to the catalog the batteries fast charger etc are the same as FT2,FT1,VX8 ,so all the accessories can be purchased for a song aftermarket already ,box up your 2 sell it! Within 2-3 months this thing will come down in price ,i have an FT 1 ,i have cataracts so the display on the 2 was a no go for me ,i looked it up down and sideways and the display kept me from pulling the trigger. By the looks of this one ,we will get along famously .I have an Icom that lives in its box because I can't see it(disaster 92AD) ,they burned me on it ,realy good,and they have not put out a radio since then ,that has a decent display so all my money has gone to Kenwood or Yaesu ,so this will be radio #6 (3 mobiles,3 handhelds).Looks pretty cool. I have the FT2DR and the screen is really bad...much like Icom radios I've had such as the ID-51A Plus 2 that I sold to buy the Kenwood TH-D74A. TFT screens are great and low contrast, greyish, washed out white-ish displays are so 2005.
That has been an issue with Yaesu for awhile now going all the way back to the VX, they did start including a black plastic clip ,that is supposed to help insure it doesnt prekaturely pull out ,it cost Yaesu maybe 1/30 th of 1 cent having them made / purchased in bulk. Now granted my FT 1 is my back up radio but the clip thing I dont use ,both of my HT are in a double shoulder holster and so the speaker mics wire run in wire channels , the mics clip to the holster near my lapel ,i switch Audio tubes between Kenwood/ Yaesu in my ear using surefire sonic defender. I have detached the mic and passed it to someone else in back seat without it pulling out ,this is a long known " issue" that ultimately Yaesu does not feel is hurting sales ,so a gimic clip is all you will see coming out of Yaesu.unless and until this effects sales in a drastic way ,but let's be real they are using the same chargers, batteries etc since the VX series,except for the new built in Bluetooth with optional earpiece ,so bite the bullet and buy a couple million "breadties" with the money you save on accessories and Rube Goldberg a solution ,that doesn't pull out easily .I have to agree with a Facebook post I seen about this radio:
$520 and the mike is only held in place with the phono jack.
Quoting what the person said "You would think for that much money, Yaesu could have a clamp on mike like a commercial handheld.