Android flagships seem to have failed this year (it seems)
SO FAR mind you. Google/Motorola's X Phone could be amazing. And there's always the next Nexus.
The Xperia Z has questionable performance (despite being quad core), poor ergonomics, poor viewing angles, and a mediocre camera (from Vlad's review). So that's out.
The HTC One has HTC Sense, extremely poor placement of its logo and no multitasking button. It also gets rid of Google Now's excellent availability and makes it more complicated to get to.
If THIS http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/11/4088652/samsung-galaxy-s-4-gt-i9502-chinese-forum-leak-pictures is the Galaxy S4 then it isn't even an option. It looks exactly like the Galaxy S3.... I mean come if it looks the same how will people know I upgraded??? But seriously its not going to be a premium feeling device like that from Nokia or Apple or HTC so it seems out.
If I want a 4.7 inch to 5.5 inch premium 1080p handset with a great screen, battery life, camera, ergonomics, button placement, and light skin I cannot get that in 2013 based on what we've seen from Android OEMs.
Is there any hope?