HTC didn’t exactly have a great year in 2012, and it wasn’t just because of the massive success of Samsung’s smartphone lineup. To make matters worse, it went ahead and launched more than one flagship smartphone, letting down many of its fans and confusing other customers. But looks like the company has finally got things in order and is all set to rise up from its position with a well-planned, well-designed flagship, the HTC One.

The HTC One sure is a good looking phone and boasts of even better features. But can it spell doom for the current world leader Samsung’s brand new flagship, the Galaxy S4? In terms of press coverage, we have to say, the Galaxy S4 did get its fair share of attention, and even more, well ahead of its launch. But is that enough to make it a runaway success like its predecessor?

When it comes to first impressions, we were blown away by the classy, sharp and sleek looking HTC One with its all aluminum body. Sadly, the Galaxy S4 failed to make such a show-stopping impression on us due to its cheap looking plastic body. However, the Samsung Galaxy S4 does have a bigger 5-inch screen in comparison with the HTC One’s 4.7-inch display. Both of them are full HD, but the latter does have a far better resolution with a ppi count of 468.

In terms of camera, Samsung has put in a pretty good 13 MP rear camera and a ton of camera functions for the photo lovers. But HTC scores more for its unique Ultrapixels camera with sharper detailing and better color reproduction.

Another similarity is the OS – both these flagships run on Android 4.1.2. The only difference is that HTC’s comes with an improved Sense 5.0 overlay, while the Galaxy S4 features TouchWiz Nature UX overlay. Which of these is better, we better leave it to your personal preference as they are both quite good in making the Android experience a lot smoother and better.

In terms of power, however, the HTC one takes a slight backseat. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with either a quad-core 1.9 GHz processor or an 8-core Exynos 5 processor and 2 GB of RAM. So if you’re looking for more power to multitask, you know you’ll choose the latter.