I thought the problem was resolved but it is obviously alive and well. It only seems to happen when running off battery as I cannot get it to reproduce while it is plugged in and charging. This also does not happen 100% of the time so if I wake it right after the screen goes black there is an excellent chance that it will wake to the level of brightness that I have set. But if I let it sit for 5-6 minutes it seems to wake up very dim and over the next 3-5 seconds have slight flicker increases of brightness to get to the level of brightness that I have it set for which is right around 75% on battery.
Sometimes after restarting the level of brightness is much higher than before the restart. Can't pin down reproducible sequence of actions, it seems to occur intermittently without any discernible pattern. I think you may be right that this "brilliant" effect happens on battery, but I couldn't swear it's not occurred plugged in.
What I do when it happens, log in and then I dim it down with the Fn+Backspace key. Then the vertical bar indicator shows the formerly set level of 50% (or whatever it was before restarting). It's like the SP2 is "confused" about the brightness setting, but after being "reminded", it behaves better.