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How to preorder the Google Pixel 6a

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Preorders for the Google Pixel 6a will start on July 21. Announced at Google I/O 2022, the new smartphone is likely to replace the current-gen Pixel 5a on our list of the best Android phones you can buy for less than $500. Plus, it's a handset that is already giving Apple's iPhone SE a run for its money

The new Google Pixel 6a will feature a 6.1-inch display coupled with the same Google Tensor chip found in the Pixel 6. Google says it'll be 5x faster than the Pixel 5a, yet it'll debut at the same $449 price as the current model. Google also says it'll support the phone with security updates for five years, which makes it an even bigger value for consumers who want to stretch their dollar. 

Google Pixel 6a: Specs

Price: from $449
OS: Android 12
Display: 6.1-inch OLED (1080 x 2400)
CPU: Google Tensor
RAM: 6GB
Storage/Expandable: 128GB / No
Rear cameras: 12.2MP main (f/1.7), 12.2MP (f/2.2) ultrawide
Front camera: 8MP (f/2.0)
Battery: 4,410mAh
5G: Sub-6GHz, mmWave
Size: 6 x 2.8 x 0.35 inches
Weight: 6.3 ounces
Colors: Chalk, Charcoal, Sage

The Pixel 6a will be available in Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage. It'll borrow plenty of traits from the Pixel 6. For instance, it'll have the same two-tone color scheme as Google's current flagship, as well as the same camera bar design running across the back of the phone. Despite its entry-level price, the Pixel 6a will also sport a metal frame instead of a plastic one.

Google's smartphone is set to hit stores on July 28. So far, the Google Store and Verizon are the only retailers that have confirmed Pixel 6a pre-orders. However, you'll have to wait till July 21 before you can place any orders. In the meantime, check out our Pixel 6a vs iPhone SE battle to see if Google's new phone is worth the wait. 

How to preorder the Google Pixel 6a

Google Pixel 6a: from $449 @ Google Store

Google Pixel 6a: from $449 @ Google Store
The Pixel 6a will be the most powerful and fastest Pixel phone when it's available for preorder later this summer. Features include a 6.1-inch OLED display, Google's Tensor chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 12MP main/rear cameras, and an 8MP front camera

Google Pixel 6a: for $499 @ Verizon

Google Pixel 6a: for $499 @ Verizon
Yes, the Pixel 6a will cost $50 more at Verizon. However, Verizon will carry the Pixel 6a with mmWave support, which is why you'll pay slightly more for this model. The phone will be available for preorder starting July 21. 

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.