Nice, thanks @ludovic. While I knew the alpha build existed, I never tried it because the only kernel which fully supports this new laptop is 5.10-rc7 (for audio and wifi drivers). I had no luck even installing 4.0.4-rc1, even with all the troubleshooting guides (install kernel would hang). So I was going to build a 4.1 iso using a newer kernel (the just merge 5.9.12…living on the edge).
However, per your suggestion I tried the official 4.1 alpha build…and to my surprise the install worked perfectly. Didn’t even need to blacklist nouveau for the nvidia card or anything. It simply worked!
Once I get audio and wifi working, I’ll post a full hardware report on the wiki. The audio already has some dkms sof/soundwire drivers backported from 5.10, but the wifi needs the ath11k driver which I’ll have to backport myself…or wait till 5.10 is released and merged into qubes-kernel.
My only hiccup was the installer advised me not to create a sys-usb qube due to a usb keyboard…which then made it impossible to get usb networking into sys-net. Once I found
sudo qubesctl state.sls qvm.usb-keyboard to setup the sys-usb qube, I was able to get devices into sys-net and have temporary usb wifi and ethernet working till I can backport the new ath11k drivers.