Further reading on Mintt and its excellent X3 ($299) and Y3 ($399) phones is here.
We are not
going to bore you with a long detailed under the bonnet review. Why? Because if
you have $199 to spend you need the handset to do certain things.
The phone is
similar to the ODM version of the Teno Spark 4 that gets good ratings in India
Screen: 6.08-inch, 1520 x 720, 160ppi, waterdrop, 19:9 89.2% STBR
PASS – It is a decent IPS screen tending to cooler tones.
Good for 720p movies (Playback H.264, H.265 up to 30fps), YouTube and productivity.
Processor: MTK 6739, 4 x Cortex-A53 1.28GHz
PASS – it is an entry-level, four-core SoC that provides over
30,000GIPS adequate for basic phone functions. It is not a gamer’s device and will
throttle down by 50% in heavy use. It is in phones including Motorola e6, Hisense
H12, Alcatel 1X and many more lower-cost devices.
Yes, there can be a little lag.
3/32/microSD to 256GB
PASS – It uses slower LPDDR3-667Mhz and eMMC 5.1 (22GB free)
storage but a 256GB microSD expansion is great.
Dual Sim LTE B1/3/5/7/8/28
PASS – 150/50Mbps DL/UL, support VoLTE and Dual SIM Dual
Standby (DSDS). Signal strength is -89dBM (excellent and picks up the next
tower at -91dBm
Wi-Fi N 2.4/5Ghz, BT 4.2, GPS (no e-0Compass), FM radio/fingerprint sensor
PASS – Excellent Wi-Fi signal -38dBm and 135Mbps. BT codec is
SBC. GPS is a tad slow but fine for turn-by-turn if you clear all other
PASS: It is a metal/plastic clip-on back, plastic frame. It is not water-resistant.
Size: 157 x 74 x 9mm x 180g Obsidian or Silver. Watch for screen
scratches – no screen protector.
Removable 3000mAh battery with a micro-USB 5V/1A (5W) charger.
The battery should be easy to find – I am sure Mintt will have them, and it’s a
generic style sold on eBay for about $25.
Charge time with 5V/1A is 6 hours. Battery temperature is
Battery discharge rate varies between 60 (idle) and 400mAh (load),
so it should give a good 24+ hours under typical use. One advantage of micro-USB
here is that it will charge from 5V/.5A in 12 hours.
OS: Pure Android 9.1
PASS – will receive security updates for the life of the device
but it is doubtful that is will get OS update.
8MP, f/2.8, 1.12um front camera with 2D Face ID, AI Beauty
The camera app is pure Android, and there are limited
options and no pro mode
It takes reasonable shots in daylight, reasonable office
light and forget low light.
Video has no stabilisation, but there is an EIS switch that does not seem to work. It is a social media standard camera.
GadgetGuy’s take – The Mintt Coolmintt A3 is a basic, quality $199 phone
Reviewing 14 smartphones in the past month ranging from $199
to over $1500 gives you a good feel for what you can expect in each price
This offers more than most $199 handsets and compares well to phones that sell for $50 to $100 more. So as a $199 device, it meets or exceeds all paradigms. On that basis, it scores well.
But the market changes rapidly, and you may have noticed that
JB Hi-Fi now offers ‘online exclusive’ for brands including realme and vivo –
online means lower overheads so it can offer devices at lower costs. Where the Mintt
CoolMint was excellent, almost unbeatable value in September, there are a
couple of new entrants nipping at its heels.
This is an attractive, well-made phone that does more than most
$199 phones. Dual rear camera, dual sim (and good reception), fingerprint and
face ID – It gets the tick.
Value for money
Ease of Use
Reader Rating4 Votes
Dual rear camera for the price
3000mAH removable battery may help you to get more life out of it
2-year swap warranty
Camera is adequate for social media