Earlier this year, a project name called ‘Muskie’ appeared in AOSP (Android Open Source Project), which was believed to be the larger 2017 Pixel device. Later the phone was cancelled, but recently, evidence was discovered that Muskie was being made by HTC, and now we know what it was.

Earlier yesterday, HTC unveiled the U11+, which is perhaps the company’s most interesting till date. Its 18:9 display, minimal bezels, and rear fingerprint scanner, and we know the reason why – it was originally intended to be the Pixel 2 XL.

According to The Verge, sources confirm that the HTC U11+ is based on the ‘Muskie’ phone that Google rejected. Though the U11+ is based on Muskie, HTC clearly made some modifications to it after the original plans with Google were cancelled.

The Visual Core chip which is present on the 2017 Pixels, is not included in the HTC’s latest device. The U11+ also runs HTC’s Sense UI instead of stock Android, while its glossy back was, also most likely, not part of the original Muskie design either.