yaesu's ft-818 promo sheet says: 'With the superior upgrades, the new FT-818 is guaranteed to contribute to your business by serving the customer base who continue to be attracted to the features and specifications included in the FT-818.' the superior upgrades are: 6w out on external power included tcxo for digital modes 1900mah battery (instead of the original 1400mah) yaesu should have said '20% more power!!', snort. the message i get is the original will be re-boxed as 'new and improved'. at 6w i guess it is not a true qrp radio.