HTC U11+ almost became the Pixel 2 XL

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Googles new Pixel 2 devices are each manufactured by a different phone maker. HTC made the Google Pixel 2 while the larger Google Pixel 2 XL was contracted by LG. However, this was not the plan from the very beginning. A new report shines some light on a canceled device, one that would eventually be released as the HTC U11+ on the morning of November 2.

According to The Verge a source familiar with HTC confirmed that the very HTC device that was announced early Thursday morning is synonymous with the Google device codenamed muskie. The muskie was originally intended to be the direct successor to the Pixel XL while the walleye was to be the successor to the smaller-sized Pixel.

HTC U11+ almost became the Pixel 2 XL

HTC U11+

Midway through development, a third codenamed device “taimen” (actual Pixel 2 XL codename) appeared, leading us to believe there were going to be three Pixel handheld devices released in 2017. Taimen first appeared in April when the three codenames appeared to all have a Snapdragon 835 CPU.

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Later in May, taimen was spotted on Geekbench with the same CPU and 4GB of RAM, and was speculated to be an even larger Pixel device – either a tablet or smartphone that would succeed shamu, the codename for the Motorola Nexus 6.

Next, in June, a report claimed that muskie, the codename from HTC that was to originally succeed the Pixel XL was abruptly cancelled, leaving behind the third codenamed device: taimen. This would eventually become the LG-made Pixel 2 XL.

We wonder why Google acted so suddenly. Perhaps it wanted both devices to have an OLED display and LG already had an OLED 18:9 display on the V30. Meanwhile, HTC leaned toward using its Super LCD 5 display, which is what the 6-inch HTC U11+ is sporting.

HTC U11+ almost became the Pixel 2 XL

Pixel 2 next to the Pixel 2 XL

In hindsight, things might have gone a bit smoother if Google went with the same manufacturer for both models of the Pixel 2. It takes more effort and is a bigger risk to have to oversee two partners to create similar devices for the same launch. After all, the Pixel 2 XL has gotten a lot of criticism for its various display qualms with first adopters including burn-in concerns and appearance of muted colors.

If we take a look at the HTC U11+s new design, some of its design choices are not synonymous with HTC flagships in the past. Particularly with the companys first 18:9 display and the removal of capacitive navigation keys in favor of on-screen buttons and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. One which reportedly feels similar to the one on the Pixel 2 XL.

Source: https://gsmarena.com

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14 thoughts on “HTC U11+ almost became the Pixel 2 XL

  1. Should have gone with HTC. As I always say, LCD>AMOLED. Amoled has many issues

  2. I bet if Pixel 2 XL was made by HTC, HTC might use OLED by Samsung instead of LG. Just like the original Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel 2.

    LG P-OLED sucks, hope they improve it next year.

  3. They should have gone with HTC for the Pixel 2 XL, after all it would have “Helped The Company”.

  4. Greetings to the real Pixel 2 XL.

    People give HTC a lot of grief, but I think their designs are quality are much better than other Android companies. They’ve been at this longer than anyone, even Samsung. They made the first Android phone, the HTC Dream (also known as the G1). They made the first Nexus device. The pioneered most of the design ideas that others copy and don’t give HTC credit for (like the first aluminum unibody phone: the Nexus One).

    Maybe HTC isn’t as exciting and sexy as other companies. Maybe they’ve had financial trouble. But they know their hardware.

    LG has always had mediocre quality. Google just blew it.

  5. Now I can imagine how Google regrets for this decision. Crappy LG quality already ruined Pixel brand reputation. Worst screen from any flagship and bunch of other issues. Typical LG.

  6. ZloiYuri, 3 hours agoNow I can imagine how Google regrets for this decision. Crappy LG quality already ruined Pixel… moreGoogle see this coming.. so, they buy full slab of HTC Pixel teams.
    All 2,000 of them..

  7. NoToBrandLoyalty, 4 hours agoThey should have gone with HTC for the Pixel 2 XL, after all it would have “Helped The Company”. I see what you did there

  8. Rafe Firmani, 3 hours agoGoogle see this coming.. so, they buy full slab of HTC Pixel teams.
    All 2,000 of them.. That was good move, but too late. Why they chose worst oem to produce high end flagship?

  9. “…some of its design choices are not synonymous with HTC flagships in the past…” you forgot, Large battery… for the first time htc has not compromised the battery capacity

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