When the HTC 10 was first released, most reviewers had the impression of a revived HTC One M7. No one considered it a sequel to the HTC One M9 in any way other than as a form of penance for the fatal drawbacks of the 2015 flagship.
The similarity that has been most apparent between the HTC 10 and One M7 are the capacitive buttons flanking a fingerprint reader home button redolent of the One A9.
Also reminiscent of the latter is the design of the front-facing speaker BoomSound speaker on its forehead. Apart from that, the HTC 10 totally leaves out the One M9, which means ignoring the One M8 as well.
Almost nothing is shared between the HTC 10 and One M9 – not any design elements (maybe just the antenna lines), not their size, not their displays, and definitely not their specs. From top to bottom the latest flagship is a reinvention of its predecessor.
It’s not an evolution but a revolution of the One M9 that borrows many of its key aspects from the One M7 and One A9. Perhaps the only original styling cue on the HTC 10 is its chamfered rear panel edges, which is a twist on the current trend of curved edges.
As for the HTC One M9, its look isn’t exactly dead. It continues on with the HTC One S9 mid-range that’s just recently been introduced and to an extent the heavily rumored Samsung Galaxy C5.