Can we find quality smartphones at low prices in major retailers, thanks to the white brands? That's what we wanted to know by testing the Edenwood W55HD from Electro Depot.
If big names such as Apple, Huawei or Samsung dominate the mobile phone market worldwide, do not put aside the more modest brands. The Edenwood W55HD marketed by Electro Depot is a smartphone sold just under the symbolic bar of 100 euros. Behind this name is actually the Vestel Venus E4, a smartphone made in Turkey.
1440 x 720 pixels
Snapdragon 425 to 1.4GHz
Graphics Chip (GPU)
Internal memory (flash)
4.1 + LE
LTE, HSPA, GSM
2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
2x nano SIM
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
147 x 7.06 x 0.87 mm
This test was made from a smartphone provided by Electro Depot.
To achieve this floor price, the W55HD makes all the concessions that can be expected, or almost. The smartphone has a removable plastic shell black, but good enough not to crack under the fingers. Under the hull, we discover the Vestel battery, two Nano SIM ports and the micro SD reader.
The backside also houses the fingerprint reader of the phone, and we must emphasize the welcome presence of this identification solution. The Wiko Harry 2 sold more expensive was for example devoid of it. This is the good surprise of this W55HD on the design.
For the rest it's pretty classic, once in hand, the phone does not really breathe the quality, but at this rate we know it will make concessions. The micro USB port and the jack port are located on the top of the phone.
The smartphone is equipped with a 5.45-inch IPS LCD screen with a definition of 1440 x 720 pixels (18: 9 format) with reasonable margins for a device at this price. The screen is one of the highlights of this smartphone.
Our probe reveals a screen capable of going up to 470 cd / m², which is not bad at all for the LCD, and a just correct contrast of 1432: 1. The colors are slightly fading to blue by default, and it is not possible to correct them in the settings. Despite these few flaws, the screen is very readable overall, displays beautiful colors and is bright enough to remain readable in all situations.
The W55HD runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, with the security update of November 1, 2018. The smartphone interface takes over that of Android AOSP, with Google applications and more, and there is no customization from the manufacturer.
Only the Camera app differs from the default Google app. The latter is quite simple to use in automatic mode, and its austere interface does not invite to go further. As we will see below, the benefits of the smartphone in photo do not justify getting lost to use the "pro" mode.
The smartphone incorporates a Snapdragon SoC 425 with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It is still a SoC dating 2016 (Android 7.0 Nougat had just released) etched in 28 nm and including four cores Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.4 GHz.
This SoC also limits the available technologies: Quick Charge 2.0, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi limited to Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n).
Edenwood W55HDWiko Harry 2Gigaset GS185
SoCSnapdragon 425MT6739WA Snapdragon 425
AnTuTu 7.x46 32039 27444 329
CPU23 score 38219 41922 273
GPU1 score 6862 5161 698
Score UX16 76913 14016 063
Score Memoire4 4834 1994 295
On AnTuTu 7, the smartphone gets a better score than the smartphones Gigaset and Wiko Harry 2 marketed at the same price. However, it is noted that Snapdragon is behind the chip MediaTek on graphics applications.
In any case, the phone is slow enough in all the tasks that are asked to a smartphone on a daily basis. Opening an application, loading a web page or browsing the Play Store: everything is slow.
Unfortunately, this seems to be a mandatory finding in 2019 for smartphones marketed at this price in France. It will be necessary to go up a little budget to get smartphones much more powerful, from 150 euros.
The W55HD has a unique 13 megapixel photo sensor on the back. This is not a problem, the addition of a second sensor among competitors on this price range is usually quite useless, and only serves to look pretty on the technical sheet in-store. The photos taken during the day by the phone are far from excellent. It will be necessary to choose between activating the HDR mode, which considerably increases the time of capture of the photo, or to end up with a sky completely burned.
The bright days easily put in trouble the smartphones who are not very talented in photographs, it is the case here with a snow easily cramée, especially when one leaves on a long depth of field. This also affects the photos of nights, where the least light is burnt and where the smartphone has more problems to achieve its focus.
It is therefore a camera that will be very good to quickly take a picture of a poster or a document, which we will capture as a reminder, but it will not hope to take incredible holiday memories with the smartphone.
The camera at the front is equipped with a 5 megapixel sensor. The photos are correct, but the activation of the HDR mode this time causes some aberrations (no I do not have white hair).
The smartphone is equipped with a battery of 2900 mAh, with HD + screen and a SoC that should consume little. In use, the smartphone offers a very good autonomy, the battery percentage goes down slowly.
This feeling is confirmed by the results obtained with our Viser test protocol (which simulates a varied use of the smartphone) with which we obtained an autonomy of 12 hours and 34 minutes. A very good score that places it among the most autonomous smartphones.
However, with its micro USB port and 5W charger provided, we can not say that the recharge is very fast. The smartphone has passed in 30 minutes from 8 to 23% battery. In all, it took 3 hours to fully charge the smartphone.
Price, release date & alternatives
The Edenwood W55HD is an exclusive marketed by Electrot Depot for 99.98 euros.
Where to buy Edenwood W55HD at the best price?
At this price, there are smartphones with a pretty similar data sheet, like the Nokia 2.1, or the Xiaomi Redmi 6A.
Edenwood W55HD Test The verdict
The Edenwood W55HD does the minimum service, but at this rate you do not need more. The plastic does not crack, the screen is well integrated and the presence of a fingerprint reader is a real plus.
For this price, the LCD HD IPS LCD is rather a success. While it lacks a bit of contrast, and the colors are a little blue, but overall it is a beautiful bright screen.
The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo with some delay on security updates. The interface takes what Google offers with Android One, and changes only the Camera application. Widevine L1 DRM is not supported.
The Snapdragon 425 used by this smartphone is not enough in 2019. The interface is slow, long web pages to load and even the navigation in the Play Store is difficult. System animations are not fluid.
The W55HD's camera is enough to take "note-taking" photos, but not really to capture memories or even share life on social networks.
The W55HD offers a very nice autonomy, among the best we have recorded until January 2019. Too bad that charging by micro USB is so long.
For a smartphone sold in France 100 euros TTC, it is necessary to adjust its criteria. At this price, the Edenwood W55HD offers a beautiful bright screen, a simple software to take in hand and a very good autonomy. Damage that the performance behind the Snapdragon 425 penalizes as much the user experience offered by this smartphone. Added to this is a camera that can only take daytime pictures, with a long HDR, or take photo notes.
Bright IPS screen
Simple and consistent interface
Very good autonomy
Poor performance, slow and jerky interface