For next week, the Pixel 6a is available for pre-order in the US, and the Google Store is running a pretty remarkable trade-in promotion that significantly increases the trade-in value of older Pixel phones.
When you buy the Pixel 6a through the US Google Store, trade-in values have increased significantly to a maximum of $300 if your Google device is in top condition. This applies to all 6a models sold by the Google Store, including Unlocked, Google Fi, Verizon and AT&T.
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are the oldest phones eligible for the $300 trade-in credit. Others include the Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 4a 5G, 5 and even last year’s 5a. (By comparison, the Pixel 3 XL tops out at $110.)
The estimate chart below assumes your phone turns on, is free of cracks, and has a working screen. To see how much Google increased trade-in values for what’s essentially a $149 Pixel 6a, we’re showing the credit you get when you buy the Pixel 6.
|Switch in||Storage||Pixel 6a||Pixel 6|
|Pixel 3||64 GB||$85||$32|
|Pixel 3 XL||64 GB||$100||$64|
|Pixel 3a||64 GB||$300||$47|
|Pixel 3a XL||64 GB||$300||$68|
|Pixel 4||64 GB||$290||$111|
|Pixel 4 XL||64 GB||$290||$142|
|Pixel 4a||128 GB||$300||$84|
|Pixel 4a 5G||128 GB||$300||$84|
|Pixel 5||128 GB||$300||$347|
|Pixel 5a||128 GB||$300||$200|
This reinforced trade-in ends on Wednesday 27 July at 11:59 PM PT, or just before the Pixel 6a hits retail. Remember, you’ll also get the Pixel Buds A-Series with your pre-order, which is another $99 value. Check out the terms:
Trade-in values vary based on the condition, year and configuration of your eligible unit and are subject to change upon inspection. Credit card refunds are only available on a card that was used to purchase the Pixel phone. Phone trade-in credit will be issued as a refund back to the credit card used for the phone purchase in the Google Store or in the form of Store Credit if the purchased phone has already been returned. Refunds are based on (and paid for) phone received that matches the description provided at the time of estimate, and will be issued to the payment method used for the order. Phones sent for trade-in must be received within 30 days of starting the trade-in process, provided the purchased unit has not been returned within that time.
As we noted in our review this morning, the Pixel 6a is a great upgrade for current Pixel 3a and 3a XL owners who are no longer receiving updates.
In terms of size, the Pixel 6a is roughly the same size as the standard Pixel 3a, just with smaller bezels. It also comes with the addition of an ultra-wide camera, a much better screen, and, most crucially, the big chip upgrade that is the Google Tensor. Compared to the Snapdragon 670 found in that 2019 phone, the Tensor is a massive upgrade.
You also get 50% more RAM, double storage space of 128 GB, 5G, hole-punch screen, bigger battery (4410 vs 3000 mAh) and IP67 water resistance.
Be sure to let us know in the comments below if you’re taking advantage of this Pixel 6a trade-in.
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