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The HTCU11 Plus was originally designed to be the Pixel 2 XL
If you pay attention to the rumor mill surrounding Google’s Pixel devices, you might remember a bit of drama earlier this year.
Rumors began to pop up in June that Google canceled its HTC-made second-generation Pixel XL. Instead, it went with a different device made by LG for the Pixel 2 XL. This was strange because HTChad made both first-generation Pixel phones and was still rumored to be producing the smaller second-gen Pixel 2. What happened to the device codenamed “muskie”?
It was released this morning as the HTC U11 Plus.
According to The Verge, a source has confirmed that the device HTChad readied for Google as the Pixel 2 XL is now being released as the HTCU11 Plus. Instead of scrapping all of the engineering work and money poured into the project, HTCdecided to move forward with some slight alterations and release the phone as its own.
You can see several similarities between the HTCU11 Plus and the LG-made Pixel 2 XL. They both have 6-inch 2880 x 1440 displays with 18:9 aspect ratios. The difference here is that Pixel 2 XL has an LG-made display that has caused controversy since the phone started getting into the hands of customers, while the HTCU11 Plus has an LCD display.
Moving around to the back of the phone, the HTCU11 Plus has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, much like you’ll see in the Pixel devices. This is pretty rare for HTC-made devices which usually have a physical home button with a fingerprint sensor in it. We had to reach back to the HTC One Max to find an HTCflagship with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Although this device was once destined to be a Pixel, it does appear that HTCmade some changes after Google dropped the device. HTCwent with its signature all-glass look and the same camera from the HTC U11, released earlier this year. It also pumped up the battery capacity to 3,930 mAh which is far higher than the LG-made Pixel 2 XL.
We have already spent some time with the Translucent Black version and will have our full review coming out soon. You can read our thoughts on the device here.
What do you think about this news? Would you have preferred that Google went with HTCover LG for the Pixel 2 XL? Let us know down in the comments.