The "Muskie," HTC's original version of the Pixel 2 XL, surfaces on the AOSP

HTC was the manufacturer of the original Pixel and Pixel XL. When rumors first broke about a pair of sequels, it was assumed that HTC would once again be behind both phones. In fact, the original Pixel 2 XL sported a code name of  "Muskie." In June, this model was dropped by Google, and replaced by a larger screened unit code named "Taimen." There is some indication that HTC was behind the "Muskie." The "Taimen" was produced by LG, and it would seem that the latter made a late (albeit successful) bid to replace HTC as manufacturer of the Pixel 2 XL.

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

Related phones

Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh



1. matistight

Posts: 1010; Member since: May 13, 2009

HTC makes good phones, why doesnt everyone get this? The Sense software hasnt ever really been a hit. Stock Android on HTC is awesome (Just make sure it has an AMOLED, LCD's are terrible when HTC uses them.)

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And awesome bezels /s

4. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Their phones have been lacking whilst other flagships shined. With a past of making phones that were bad, they lost trust with the consumer. HTC isn’t what it use to be.

10. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

lost a ton of trust. It's like a bunch of tenth graders raised their hands and said..."oh oh oh...i have an idea...I HAVE AN IDEA!!!" The M7, the Evo, Thunder Bolt, DNA, HTC 10 and U11. The last 2 didn't sell well!

7. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

HTC do make great phones but recently they have been behind with their flagships and it started with the m9. I mean the m7 was great and the m8 improved on that. They f'd up with the m9 which put them back a year.The m9 should have been what the htc10 was and the htc 10 should have been what the htc 11 was and this new model (htc 11 plus) should have been the htc 11. HTC is slowly killing themselves, they have no one else to blame. Deep down inside I think most android enthusiasts have love for htc but they just get frustrated with the bizarre decisions htc makes when it comes to their flagship. Its almost as if htc isn't even trying.

9. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I actually agree. The M7 had a ton going for it. The speakers, the screen, size, name it! They had their day with the Evo and Lighting Bolt. They really never knew which direction to turn and made some very very bad design and quality choices. Lack of vision, or a coherent one. Samsung moved in one direction and kept getting better. Now look at them! The same can be said about iphone. Say what you will, but a coherent vision...yes!

12. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Not the camera though.

2. Joosty

Posts: 486; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Lol I bet they wish they could go back !

5. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

LG gave Google the garbage parts for the pixel 2. My htc pixel one is still amazing. No regrets. The bezels don't bother me.

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

The ship has sailed now. No use of talking about this and weeping. Google got greedy and drop the ball. So pathetic and they should be ashamed.

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