Smartwatches are an acquired taste at this point still. They have some useful functionality but they have not yet reached the point where they offer enough to target the mainstream consumer, thus they have not yet reached a point where they have been adopted on a mass scale. As smartwatches advance and improve, though, they do get closer and closer to this goal. Part of the hesitation for many consumers on picking up a smartwatch is the lack of style choice. While most smartwatches can now interchange the straps, like with the MODE straps for Android Wear devices, the watch itself generally remains the same looking. For those who want something different for different occasions, there's Henlen, a new Android-powered smartwatch that has just hit Kickstarter and lets the wearer swap the smartphone components into a new watch body with a different style.
The Henlen watch runs on Android software, although it will have Henlen's unique user interface layered on top called Henlen OS, and it'll be capable of things most smartwatches can do like display notification alerts, show you the time (of course), and interact with various apps. The watch also takes a different approach to notifications to keep things efficient and organized, by separating them into their own categories to keep them from being clustered altogether in the same place. There are three different categories which Henlen will display as they come in, including missed calls, messages, and social media for things like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more. Missed calls will show you missed calls, and Messages contains basically any type of message such as those from chat apps, emails, and SMS texts. The watch also has a built-in music player so you can control your playback.
When it comes to design, Henlen will offer two different watch bodies that are part of the Origin series although there is talk of adding more styles of bodies in the future if the project is fully funded. There will be one body that is more rugged called the Commander which comes with a Nato strap, and one that is a little more casual called the Covert which comes with a leather strap. Each style of body also comes in two different colors with a different colored strap for each body as well.
The components of the watch are all housed in what Henlen Watches is calling the "Cell" and this is the part that can be swapped in and out of the different bodies at your leisure. The screen on the Cell is made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, it's got 4GB of internal storage which is pretty standard with most smartwatches, it has 512MB of RAM, a photoelectric heart rate monitor, a 450mAh battery, it's powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, and the display is an AMOLED panel that is 1.39-inches in size and completely round. The Henlen Watch will be compatible with both Android and iOS devices running Android 4.0+ and iOS 9.0+ respectively. Backer packages start at $185 with an estimated shipping time of February 2017, and the team at Henlen Watches has reached $16,000 of its $100,000 goal with 29 days left to go in the campaign.