The massive Galaxy Note 7 debacle almost destroyed Samsung’s image last year. In an effort to boost buyer confidence, the tech giant launched two new handsets this year: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. Both the handsets feature stunning designs and high-end features. In fact, tech experts have ranked the Galaxy S8 as one of the best smart phones of 2017.

This has definitely left smartphone owners wondering which new and exciting specs will make their way to the generation next Samsung Galaxy S9. But will Samsung's new smartphone exceed expectations and beat Apple's high-end iPhone series?

Expected specs and features

According to financial service group KGI Securities, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will not include a fingerprint sensor built into the display, instead, the handset will get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, reported Know Your Mobile. As per the report, the Galaxy S9 series display sizes will remain the same as the current generation Galaxy S8 series. It is claimed that the Korean electronics conglomerate has already ordered its subsidiary to manufacture 5.77in Super AMOLED display panels for Galaxy S9, and 6.22in for Galaxy S9 Plus.

Among other specs, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to boast Qualcomm’s yet-to-be announced Snapdragon 845 processor, Google’s latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating software, 4GB of RAM and dual-camera setup similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 8 phablet consisting of two 12MP sensors for the rear camera.

Renowned tipster Eldar Murtazin, has claimed the upcoming smartphone will have replaceable modules. The handset is rumored to get a cutout at the top of the display, which will house the sensors, cameras, and speaker. It remains to be seen if the cameras and speakers are as powerful as Apple's new iPhones.

As far as release date is concerned, the Galaxy S9 is expected to get unveiled at the end of February 2018 and hit the store shelves by the end of March or April.

Samsung to roll out foldable phones by 2018

The smartphone maker announced on Tuesday that the company is planning to introduce a foldable phone in 2018. The handset in question is likely to feature a bendable display and get released under the company’s flagship Galaxy Note line. The news was announced by Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics. Koh added that the smartphone making company has to overcome some hurdles before making the foldable phones a reality.