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It’s April 17, and that means preorders are officially open for the most affordable iPhone out there. Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE is now up for preorder with a starting price of just $399 for the 64GB model.

The 128GB version is only $50 more, at $449, and 256GB will cost $549. You get your pick of black, white or PRODUCT(RED). With the latter, a portion of your purchase will go directly to the Global Fund to combat covid-19.

Safe to say we’re pretty excited about the 2020 version of the iPhone SE. It’s powered by the same processor as the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. So you should get the same zippy and buttery smooth iOS 13 experience on the SE — for a fraction of the price. That’s a clear differentiator between the SE and other budget-friendly phones that usually pack a less powerful processor inside.

The iPhone SE features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and has a home button with Touch ID built-in. It’s the classic iPhone design with better specs. Above the display, you have a 7-megapixel front-facing camera that can do Portrait Mode when snapping photos of people. It uses the physical camera and some software magic for the effect. The rear side has a 12-megapixel lens with an LED flash. That also shoots in Portrait Mode for people using software touches. It can also record video in up to 4K at 60 frames per second.

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You can get the full scoop on the iPhone SE in our guide here. But for now, if you’re hooked, it’s time to preorder. The advantage to preordering on day one? Well, it means your order will be first in line to ship. The iPhone SE officially launches next Friday, April 24.

There are plenty of places to preorder. Amazon, BestBuy, Expercom, Target and Sam’s Club have all kicked off preorders. A majority of carriers have started preorders as well, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Xfinity Mobile and Verizon. You can get an unlocked model or get one paired to a carrier.

It’s also a good idea to trade in your previous phone. Be sure to check out our guide for the best places to resell, in addition to the trade-in program offered by the place where you’re buying the new one. And if you’re looking for a case or a screen protector for your new iPhone SE, check out our guides.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailer’s listed price at the time of publication.