The Mintt Y5 – technically an UltraMintt Y5 – is the $379 value class-leader. it has features punching far above its weight/price that you may happily pay a few hundred dollars more.
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Mintt Y5 is 18W fast charge and 10W Qi Wireless Charging that tends to only be in $800+ devices. Or NFC – you generally pay around $100+ more for that.
But what I really like is whole Mintt Y5 package – the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Great 6.3” bright screen, dual sim, 4/128/microSD, decent processor, 48MP tri-cameras and pure Android 10.
This is the first Australian Mintt Y5 review. We ran it through more than 70 hardware and software tests. It earns our highest recommendation in the $399 mass-market range.
Single 289 Multi 1304 Compute Open CL 1129 Roughly equal to a Samsung Galaxy S8 series or Qualcomm SD660
Throttle 15-minute test
Starts at 141,103GIPS, Averages 98,489 (approx. 42% loss of performance) Reasonably typical of the Helio P60 – not a gamers phone.
One way to make a value phone is to use a MediaTek processor. This is similar in performance to a Qualcomm SD660 found in more expensive phones. There is no downside in the Helio P60 for its intended use.
Throttling is acceptable, given its user profile. It does not overheat.
Comms – EXCEED
Wi-Fi 4 N, 2.4 and 5Ghz, 1×1 Signal Strength -32dBm (excellent) and 433Mbps
BT 4.2 – SBC and AAC
GPS+GLONASS+Beidou+Galileo Single-band 10m accuracy fine for turn-by-turn navigation
The price compromise is Wi-Fi N and BT 4.2, but you get NFC for Google Pay. It has excellent Wi-Fi signal strength showing good antenna design.
It is impressive that it has a full suite of sensors, including an eCompass.
LTE – PASS+
Dual hybrid with microSD (DSDS – one active at a time)
VoLTE – carrier dependent but generally yes Wi-FI calling – Yes
50Mbps Cat 13
150Mbps Cat 7
-102dBm in a 3-bar reception area (average) Found next tower at -110dBm (good)
It has all the bands, including band 28. Reception is average for the test – it is more of a city/suburbs phone.
Battery – EXCEED
4050 (3950 rated)
Comes with 5V/2A 10W Supports 9V/2A (18W) fast charge or a USB-C PD charger QI Wireless charge (10W)
The battery learns charge patterns and adapts
Qi 10W charge – 4 hours 10W charge – 2.75 hours 18W charge – 1.5 hour Discharge screen on – <300mA – good for 25 days standby Video Loop 1080p/50%, aeroplane mode – 10 hours MP3 music – 20+ hours 100% load Battery drain – 6 hours T-Rex – 387.4min (6.46hr) 1503 frames
Under typical use, this should give at last 1-2 days use. By ‘bedtime’ it has 30-40% left.
Sound – PASS
Mono earpiece and down-firing speaker*
5.2W (RMS, THD 1%)
Dual MEMs with noise cancellation (THD 1%) FR 100Hz-8kHz
Media 75 Ring 77 Alarm 81 Earpiece 55 The sound boost setting does little.
* It is not fair to measure the sound signature on a mono speaker system. The primary use is for clear voice.
It is reasonably loud all around and with the dual mics makes for a good handsfree speakerphone.
The 3.5mm buds are surprisingly good with offset ear tips for a better canal seal. I cannot measure frequency response, but there is a hint of bass, peaking mids and a fair amount of treble – bright vocal.
BT output to our reference Sony WH-1000XN3 (M4 review soon) on SBC and AAC codecs is loud and clear -more than CD quality.
Build – PASS+
157 x 75.1 x 8.6 mm x 181g
Gorilla Glass 3 with factory fitted protector Plastic Frame Rear is either plastic or glass paint deposited
TPU bumper cover provided
It appears Solidly built and is as good as I have seen in this class. Mintt claims a <.05% failure rate – excellent. You can buy a PU leather-look flip case for $25 from Mintt.
Android 10 – PASS+
Pure Google Android 10 security patch 4 April 2020
All standard apps, Google Lens and Assistant
Assume that no OS update although security patches should come
Few low-cost phones have Pure Google Android (except Nokia), and we have inquired about Mintt upgrade policy.
Mintt Y5 Camera – EXCEED
48MP Wide Bins to 12MP
Pixel size um
.8 (bins 1.6)
FOV° and cropped
Beauty Night Slo-mo Pro Filter HDR
This is a great setup. A 48MP that can shoot in 48MP or 12MP, PDAF, large pixels (when binned) and takes excellent shots in day or night.
Portrait (Bokeh) could use some improvement.
2D Face unlock passed 6 out of 10 tests
The selfie camera is excellent offering a wide enough FOV for group selfies. 2D Face unlock is about average and is most affected in low light.
GadgetGuy’s take – Mintt Y5 ticks all the boxes for the price – and then ticks them again
As we said at the start – this is a mass-market price for a phone you would easily pay more for if you wanted Q charging.
When we reviewed the Y3 (4.9/5) in September last year, we were blown away at the feature/value ratio. It was a breath of fresh air in a pretty dull segment.
The Y5 is an upgrade of the same phone. Better screen, more storage, better camera but pretty well the same internals. We rated it so highly as it was so far ahead all around and offered Qi/18W fast charge and NFC.
So, what has happened in that time? Well, the $399 price bracket has become a little more crowded with some terrific phones as well.
OPPO A9 128GB (4.8/5) $349 Moto G8 Plus (5/5) $349 vivo X50 Lite 128GB 128GB $399 OPPO A91 128GB (4.9/5) $449 Samsung Galaxy A31 128GB $399
So, the pack caught up giving it Qi as the main differentiator. It is still worthy of the 4.9/5 rating at this time.
But Mintt’s annual refresh policy means that soon the later models like the Moto g9 and new OPPO A-series may creep ahead. Then you have realme, Xiaomi, Nokia, TCL and LG entering that market segment. It is a continually changing landscape.
Value for money
Ease of Use
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Bright and colourful screen
Big 2 day battery
Added value - NFC, Qi 10W wireless charge, 18W Fast charge
Better value than all current contenders
Not for gamers