Google’s budget-friendly juggernaut, the Pixel 6a, officially released on Thursday, but you can already snag a $50 deal on it. From now until August 7 at 11:59 pm PT, buying the $449 smartphone from one of several retailers—including Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and Google itself—will net you a $50 gift card in the form of store credit for those respective shops.
To see the offer at Amazon, you’ll have to scroll down to the “Special offers” section of the Pixel 6a’s store page and click the “Add both to cart” button. The retailer will then ship a physical gift card with your purchase. You can pick up Target’s gift card in-store or online, Best Buy’s comes digitally via email, and the Google Store will apply it to your Google Store account after purchase. The deal applies to the unlocked version of the phone at each retailer, with activation at the major carriers through Best Buy or through Google Fi at the Google Store.
The Pixel 6a is the mid-range version of Google’s impressive flagship phones, the $599 Pixel 6 and $899 Pixel 6 Pro, which released in late 2021. As it has done since the Pixel 3, Google followed up on its flagship devices with a lower-priced version through its A series, which has historically delivered great value in giving a strong taste of flagship performance (particularly in the camera) at a more palatable price.
The story is no different this year with the Pixel 6a. Our review deemed it Google’s best take on a mid-priced model yet, with Ars Reviews Editor Ron Amadeo calling the 6a “the device [we’ll] recommend to anyone looking for an Android phone” from now on. The big reason for that is because the Pixel 6a uses the same Google-built Tensor system-on-chip (SoC) as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. In our testing, we found this chip to be twice as fast as the Pixel 5a.
The lower price does mean that the 6a trades the glass back of the Pixel 6 for shiny plastic, flattens the rounded curves of the 6’s façade, and loses wireless charging (as well as a headphone jack for the first time with an A series phone). Its display is smaller (at 6.1 inches) and slower (with a standard 60 Hz refresh rate), too, and it technically offers a bit less RAM (at 6GB).
But, as with all of Google’s Pixel phones, you still get a clean and user-friendly take on Android with limited cruft, a guaranteed three years of major OS updates, and five years of security updates. The device also includes an in-screen fingerprint sensor, a first for the Pixel A lineup. Altogether, the 6a is a good deal at its standard MSRP, but this deal should heighten the value for those who need a new phone right now.
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