The "Muskie," HTC's original version of the Pixel 2 XL, surfaces on the AOSP
There are some interesting differences between the HTC made "Muskie" and LG's "Taimen." Of course, it is LG's phone that we all know today as the Pixel 2 XL. But HTC's "Muskie" would have offered users a larger 3830 mAh battery instead of the 3520mAh cell that LG employs on the Pixel 2 XL.
The "Muskie" showed up the other day in the AOSP, according to XDA. Not only did the larger capacity battery appear, other files also revealed that the screen on the "Muskie" carried the same 560 DPI found on LG's "Taimen." And perhaps even more interesting, the Muskie carried the Pixel Visual Core, which is the custom chipset for image processing that kicks in on the new Pixel models once Android 8.1 is installed.
The buzz around the water cooler is that LG ended up with the gig because its version of the Pixel 2 XL carries a larger panel than the display that HTC's "Muskie" was packing before it received its pink slip.
source: XDA via Phandroid