Mintt Coolmintt A3 – $199 buys a lot of phone
4.5Overall Score
Name: Mintt Coolmintt A3
Price (RRP): $199
Manufacturer: Mintt

The Mintt Coolmintt A3 costs $199 and is available via online sales only that purports to offer better value than distribution via major retailers.

We put the Mintt Coolmintt A3 through the usual paces and were pleasantly surprised – it passed every test we would put phones costing up to $200 more through.

On that basis alone the Mintt Coolmintt A3 is a strong contender in the sub<$200 market.

Mintt Coolmintt A3

Website here and manual here

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 and Africa.

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.

Mintt Coolmint A3 screen

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 background apps.

Missing: NFC

Build

PASS: It is a metal/plastic clip-on back, plastic frame. It is not water-resistant.