Mintt X5 – good, honest $299 value and quality

Mintt X5 – good, honest $299 value and quality

4.4Overall Score

Name: Mintt UltraMintt X5
Price (RRP): $299
Manufacturer: Mintt

The Mintt X5 is $299. It is part of the good (A5 $229), better (X5 $299) and our favourite Mintt Y5 ($399) 2020 range.

In fact, the A5 and X5 (technically an UltraMintt X5) – share similar internals, and the extra price pays for a larger screen, more RAM/Storage, and upgraded camera. The hallmark of both is that they have Wi-Fi 5 AC, BT 5.0 USB-C charging (still an oddity at this price), dual sim and pure Google Android.

This is the first Australian review of the Mintt X5. We ran it through more than 70 hardware and software tests. It earns a recommendation in the $299 category.

Australian review: Mintt X5, dual sim

  • Australian Website here
  • Price: $299
  • From: Mintt online only although watch for further distribution announcements
  • Elevator Pitch: Great quality and value in the $299 cut-throat market!
  • Warranty: 1-year ACL swap warranty
  • Mintt is an Australian company, part of the South-east-Asian Mintt/NWTL Group. Details here.
  • You can read other Mintt reviews here

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

Mintt X5 banner

First impression – EXCEED

  • This is the largest screen MInnt have. At 6.5” with a 20:9 ratio, it is about the limit of one-handed use.
  • Bright screen with Panda Glass and pre-fitted protector
  • Rear fingerprint reader
  • Tri-camera
  • USB-C
  • 3.5mm jack
  • TPU bumper case, buds, 10W charger

After two weeks of use, the worst thing I can say is the colour is boring black. It has done everything as I expected. It has 4/64GB/microSD – more than many competitors do at this price.

PS – Mintt uses the same OEM as the US brand Blu. It is similar to the Blu G90, which has a reputation for a solid smartphone with 2+ day life.

Mintt X5 front and back

Screen – PASS+

Size 6.5”, water-drop, IPS
Resolution 1600 x 720, 60Hz
PPI 269ppi, 90% STBR
Colour Approx. 90% sRGB
Delta E 8 (<4 is good)
Modes: standard (sRGB), vivid (DCI), cool or custom
Dark Theme
Warm to cool slider
16.7m colours (not HDR)
Nits 400 – can go higher with adaptive brightness on (measured 425)
Brightness 1500:1 meaning its OK for daylight readability. (measured 1425:1)
G-T-G 60ms – slow for gamers
Ratio 20:9
Viewing angle 80/80 (equates to 160×160° horizontal/vertical)
Widevine L3 means 480p SD streaming
Protection Panda Glass (Chinese version of Gorilla Glass 3). It helps cut costs while providing similar protection – one of a growing number of substitutes.

Interestingly the 6.5” screen market has Samsung Galaxy A21, Realme 5, Nokia 5.3, Moto One Fusion, Moto g8 Power Lite, Moto g9 Play and TCL 10 so we know what to expect.

All you need to know is that it is a good quality, bright and colourful screen – easily the match of the above devices.

Processor – PASS

SoC MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762V/WD) 12nm
big.LITTLE 4 x A53 1.8hz and 4 x A53 1.5Ghz
Note this is mistakenly called a Helio A25
GPU PowerVR Rogue GE8320
Supports Open CL 3.2, Vulcan 1.1
Decode [email protected] HEVC
Supports AI for camera
Game use: It should support most mobile games to 25fps.
RAM 4GB LPDDRX4 dual-channel
Storage 64GB eMMC 5.1 (50GB free) 287/219Mbps sequential read/write
micro-SD Up to 128GB
GeekBench 5 Single 140
Multi 821
Compute Open CL: Did not complete the test – same as all PowerVR GPU
Throttle
15-minute test
Starts at 79,026GIPS, Averages 75,846 (approx. 10% loss of performance).
Excellent
Mintt X5 throttle

One way to make a value phone is to use a MediaTek processor. So there are about 150 brands/models utilising this processor. For example, Alcatel 3 2020, realme C2, vivo Y12, TCL 10 SE, Moto e6s and more.

It is a good, not great processor that makes 20:9 screens, dual sim, BT 5.0 and Wi-FI AC possible in lower-cost phones. Its closest competitor is the Qualcomm SD439 or SD450

Comms – PASS+

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 AC, 2.4 and 5Ghz, 1×1
Signal Strength -29dBm (excellent) and 433Mbps
Bluetooth BT 5.0 – SBC and AAC
GPS GPS+GLONASS+Beidou+Galileo
Single-band 10m accuracy fine for turn-by-turn navigation
NFC Yes PayWave/Google Pay
USB-C 2.0 OTG
Sensors Accelerometer
Magnetometer eCompass
Distance (steps)
Fingerprint rear (100% accurate)
Light sensor
Proximity

Getting Wi-Fi AC (even 1×1 433Mbps) is a bonus. BT 5.0 is also hard to find at this price. It has excellent Wi-Fi signal strength showing good antenna design.

It has all the necessary sensors, including an eCompass.

LTE – PASS

SIM Dual hybrid with microSD (DSDS – one active at a time)
Ring tone Single
Support VoLTE – carrier dependent but generally yes
Wi-FI calling – Yes
UL (Mbps) 50Mbps Cat 13
DL (Mbps) 150Mbps Cat 7
Band 1/3/5/7/8/12/13/17/28A/28B/40
Test -102dBm in a 3-bar reception area (average)
Found next tower at -105dBm (good)

It has all the bands, including band 28. Reception is average for the test – it is more of a city/suburbs phone.

Battery – PASS+

Battery mAh 4000 (3900 rated)
Charger Comes with 5V/2A 10W charger
You can use any USB-C PD charger, but it tops out at 10W
Tests 10W charge – 2.25 hours
Discharge screen on – <500mA – good for 15 days standby
Video Loop 1080p/50%/aeroplane mode – 11.7 hours
General use: 16+ hours
MP3 music – 20+ hours
100% load Battery drain – 9 hours
T-Rex – 541.2 min (9.02hr) 1461 frames

Under typical use, this should give two days use. By ‘bedtime’ it has 50% left.

Sound – PASS

Speakers Mono earpiece and down-firing speaker*
AMP Uses P22 DAC/Amp
Mic Single
3.5mm Yes
FM Yes with earbuds cable as an antenna
Tests dB Media 80
Ring 80
Alarm 80
Earpiece 50
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.

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