For the price I don't think you can get any better value. The UI isn't as good/fast as stock (my previous phone was an Essential PH1), but you soon get used to it and is more than quick enough. nothing really to complain about. I was pleasantly surprised with build quality, looks/feels pretty premium.
USB C, dual sim & headphone jack as well
How's MIUI to use, with Nova? The only time you'd notice it would be quick pull-down settings, and general settings wouldn't you? With hardware that fast it should be fast enough.
You’d get any xiaomi a lot cheaper from AliExpress than PBTech. Even try Dicksmith.co.nz they have very sharp pricing on a lot of phones.
DSE prices seem good, better than PB. Amazon are also good. Ali Express are cheapest, but I don't like their service around disputes, so I wouldn't buy anything substantial from them. There are many versions so I've remoived my links as I think I linked to a couple of different phones.
It seems fine to me, been so long now can't remember how it was. I used Nova cos of the app drawer, more apps on home screen etc. Yep plenty fast enough.
I got mine from pb tech for warranty purposes. You'd want global rom as the other would be Chinese, and think may have adverts etc.