No, we're not talking about some shady eBay seller, and better yet, Woot is charging a very reasonable $449.99 at the time of this writing for brand-new Note 9 units coated in a "Midnight Black" color. So, no, you're not looking at refurbished, reconditioned, pre-owned, or even "open box" devices here. These are totally unused, unopened, and undamaged phones sold alongside a 90 day Woot limited warranty.
That's obviously not as good as the typical 1-year manufacturer's warranty offered by Samsung, as well as authorized retailers like Best Buy, but it's certainly better than nothing. The other small inconvenience that explains why the Galaxy Note 9 is so incredibly inexpensive today only is the fact these are technically not handsets designed with the US market in mind.
Instead, you're looking at "international" single SIM versions carrying model number N9600, which are unlocked to work on any GSM operators, including AT&T and T-Mobile. All in all, we can probably agree the $450 markdown compared to the list price of a US-specific Note 9 sold directly by Samsung justifies these small compromises, making today's spotlight Woot deal pretty much irresistible for a speed-addicted bargain hunter.
Naturally, the Galaxy Note 9 is not as fast and powerful as the Note 10 or Galaxy S10, but its state-of-the-art late 2018 hardware is definitely holding up well. We're talking Exynos 9810 processing punch in this particular variant, alongside 6 gigs of memory, the aforementioned 128 gigs of internal storage space, microSD support, 4,000mAh battery capacity, dual 12MP rear-facing cameras, and a beautiful Super AMOLED "Infinity" display with no notch or hole punch.