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Mintt Y5 – the $379 value class leader
4.9Overall Score
Name: Mintt Ultramintt Y5
Price (RRP): $379
Manufacturer: Mint

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.

Australian review: Mintt Y5, dual sim

  • Australian Website here
  • Price: $379
  • From: Mintt online only although watch for further distribution announcements
  • Elevator Pitch: The kitchen sink for $379!
  • Warranty: 1-year ACL swap warranty
  • Mintt is an Australian company, part of the South-east-Asian Mintt/NWTL Group. Details here.

We use FAIL, PASS and EXCEED against more than 70 test paradigms to arrive at a rating.

Now $379

First impression – EXCEED

  • Nice size – not too big
  • Bright screen with GG3 and protector
  • Rear fingerprint reader
  • Tri-camera
  • USB-C
    3.5mm jack
  • TPU bumper case, buds, 10W charger
  • Qi and optional 18W charger
  • My only gripe is its colour – boring black.

After three weeks of use, I have no complaints. Its everything even a phone snob like me could need.

And I guess that is what Mintt strive for in its A5 ($199), X5 ($279) and Y5 ($379) range – a good, better and best scenario to cover Joe and Jane Average. You can read our overview of the range here.

PS – Mintt uses the same OEM as the US brand Blu. It is similar to the Blu G9 Pro, which has accolades as one of the best value smartphones in the US.

Screen – EXCEED

Size6.3”, water-drop, LPTS TFT-LCD made by AU Optronics
Resolution2340 x 1080, 60Hz
PPI409ppi, 91% STBR
ColourApprox. 83% NTSC, which is approx. 90% sRGB
Delta E 5
Modes: standard (sRGB), vivid (DCI), cool or custom
Dark Theme
Warm to cool slider
16.7m colours (not HDR)
Nits400 – can go higher with adaptive brightness on (measured 385)
Brightness1500:1 meaning its OK for daylight readability. (measured 1275:1)
Automatic brightness is a little aggressive towards battery life
G-T-G27ms
Ratio19.5:9
Viewing angle80/80/80/80 (equates to 160×160° horizontal/vertical)
ProtectionGorilla Glass 3

Our tests confirm the factory specs, especially the bright and colourful screen.

This is an unusual quality screen at this price bracket. It uses LPTS, which means it has no traditional edge light – nice, even lighting. Overall it is a great screen.

Mintt Y5 
brigntness
Indoor on 100% brightness – L-R Pixel 4a, Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, TCL, Mintt A5, Mintt X5 and Mintt Y5
Mint Y5 day
Outdoor direct sunlight. Mintt comes up quite well. Would have been even better with a lighter theme like the A5.

Processor – PASS

SoCMediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771V/C) 12nm
big.LITTLE 4xA73 2Ghz and 4 x A53 2Ghz
GPUMali G72 MP3 800Mhz
Supports Open CL 3.2, Vulcan 1.1)
Decode [email protected] HEVC
Supports AI for camera
Game use: The CPU/GPU is not great for games. It should support most mobile games to 30fps.
RAM4GB LPDDRX4 dual-channel
Storage128GB eMMC 5.1 (106GB free) 291/237Mbps sequential read/write
micro-SDTo 128GB
GeekBench 5Single 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-FiWi-Fi 4 N, 2.4 and 5Ghz, 1×1
Signal Strength -32dBm (excellent) and 433Mbps
BluetoothBT 4.2 – SBC and AAC
GPSGPS+GLONASS+Beidou+Galileo
Single-band 10m accuracy fine for turn-by-turn navigation
NFCYes PayWave/Google Pay
USB-C2.0 OTG
SensorsAccelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer eCompass
Fingerprint rear (100% accurate)
Light sensor
Proximity

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+

SIMDual hybrid with microSD (DSDS – one active at a time)
Ring toneSingle
SupportVoLTE – carrier dependent but generally yes
Wi-FI calling – Yes
UL (Mbps)50Mbps Cat 13
DL (Mbps)150Mbps Cat 7
Band1/3/5/7/8/12/13/17/28A/28B/40
Test-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

Battery mAh4050 (3950 rated)
ChargerComes with 5V/2A 10W
Supports 9V/2A (18W) fast charge or a USB-C PD charger
QI Wireless charge (10W)
AIThe battery learns charge patterns and adapts
TestsQi 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
Mintt Y5
5V/2A charge – even faster with 18W or USB-C PD

Under typical use, this should give at last 1-2 days use. By ‘bedtime’ it has 30-40% left.

Sound – PASS

SpeakersMono earpiece and down-firing speaker*
AMP5.2W (RMS, THD 1%)
MicDual MEMs with noise cancellation (THD 1%)
FR 100Hz-8kHz
3.5mmYes
Tests dBMedia 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+

Size157 x 75.1 x 8.6 mm x 181g
BuildGorilla Glass 3 with factory fitted protector
Plastic Frame
Rear is either plastic or glass paint deposited
IPNone
CoverTPU 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+

AndroidPure Google Android 10
security patch 4 April 2020
GoogleAll standard apps, Google Lens and Assistant
BloatwareNone
Update PolicyAssume 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

Rear Camera 48MP Wide
Bins to 12MP
8MP Ultra-wide 2MP Depth
SensorSamsung S5KGM1Samsung SK54H7 OV2680
Lens6P5P3P
FocusPDAFContrast AFFF
Aperture f-stop1.72.22.4
Pixel size um.8 (bins 1.6)1.121.75
FOV° and cropped79 (66.5)118.8 (96.6)85
FlashDual 
Video[email protected]  
AIBeauty
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.

Mintt Y5 1x
1X Accurate colours and detail
Mintt Y5 5x
5X – Not bad but noise creeping in the forest background
Mintt Y5 macro
Superb
Mintt Y5 Office
Office Light – accurate colours and great detail

Portrait (Bokeh) could use some improvement.

Mintt Y5 dark
<40 lumen -n good detail and low noise
Mintt Y5 night
Dark Mode – brings up the light and colour without much noise

Front camera

Front Camera16MP
SensorOV16885-4C
FocusFF
ApertureF2.0
Pixel size1.0um
FOV°86 (77.6)
FlashNo
 Video [email protected]
Face unlock2D 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.

Mintt Y5 – the $379 value class leader
Name: Mintt Ultramintt Y5 Price (RRP): $379 Manufacturer: Mint
Bright and colourful screenBig 2 day batteryExcellent tri-cameraAdded value - NFC, Qi 10W wireless charge, 18W Fast chargeBetter value than all current contenders
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