Price (RRP): $379
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.
First impression – EXCEED
- Nice size – not too big
- Bright screen with GG3 and protector
- Rear fingerprint reader
- 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
|Size||6.3”, water-drop, LPTS TFT-LCD made by AU Optronics|
|Resolution||2340 x 1080, 60Hz|
|PPI||409ppi, 91% STBR|
|Colour||Approx. 83% NTSC, which is approx. 90% sRGB|
Delta E 5
Modes: standard (sRGB), vivid (DCI), cool or custom
Warm to cool slider
16.7m colours (not HDR)
|Nits||400 – can go higher with adaptive brightness on (measured 385)|
|Brightness||1500:1 meaning its OK for daylight readability. (measured 1275:1)|
Automatic brightness is a little aggressive towards battery life
|Viewing angle||80/80/80/80 (equates to 160×160° horizontal/vertical)|
|Protection||Gorilla 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.
Processor – PASS
|SoC||MediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771V/C) 12nm|
big.LITTLE 4xA73 2Ghz and 4 x A53 2Ghz
|GPU||Mali 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.
|RAM||4GB LPDDRX4 dual-channel|
|Storage||128GB eMMC 5.1 (106GB free) 291/237Mbps sequential read/write|
|GeekBench 5||Single 289|
Compute Open CL 1129
Roughly equal to a Samsung Galaxy S8 series or Qualcomm SD660
|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||Wi-Fi 4 N, 2.4 and 5Ghz, 1×1|
Signal Strength -32dBm (excellent) and 433Mbps
|Bluetooth||BT 4.2 – SBC and AAC|
Single-band 10m accuracy fine for turn-by-turn navigation
|NFC||Yes PayWave/Google Pay|
Fingerprint rear (100% accurate)
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+
|SIM||Dual hybrid with microSD (DSDS – one active at a time)|
|Support||VoLTE – carrier dependent but generally yes|
Wi-FI calling – Yes
|UL (Mbps)||50Mbps Cat 13|
|DL (Mbps)||150Mbps Cat 7|
|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 mAh||4050 (3950 rated)|
|Charger||Comes with 5V/2A 10W|
Supports 9V/2A (18W) fast charge or a USB-C PD charger
QI Wireless charge (10W)
|AI||The battery learns charge patterns and adapts|
|Tests||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
|Speakers||Mono earpiece and down-firing speaker*|
|AMP||5.2W (RMS, THD 1%)|
|Mic||Dual MEMs with noise cancellation (THD 1%)|
|Tests dB||Media 75|
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+
|Size||157 x 75.1 x 8.6 mm x 181g|
|Build||Gorilla Glass 3 with factory fitted protector|
Rear is either plastic or glass paint deposited
|Cover||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+
|Android||Pure Google Android 10|
security patch 4 April 2020
|All standard apps, Google Lens and Assistant|
|Update Policy||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
|Rear Camera|| 48MP Wide|
Bins to 12MP
|8MP Ultra-wide||2MP Depth|
|Sensor||Samsung S5KGM1||Samsung SK54H7||OV2680|
|Pixel size um||.8 (bins 1.6)||1.12||1.75|
|FOV° and cropped||79 (66.5)||118.8 (96.6)||85|
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.
|Face unlock||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.
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.