Today 7/16/20, a couple days later than scheduled, the new 1.11 version of Brave for Windows was released.
Version 1.11.97 Chromium: 84.0.4147.89 (Official Build) (64-bit)
I updated it on my Windows 10 Pro v1909 desktop PC with 32G of DDR4-3200 and an nVME Samsung 970 Pro SSD, and watched Brave freeze on relaunch. I timed it, sucking 10% of the very fast Intel i9 CPU, take 1:30-min before Brave finally become responsive and allowed me to use the browser. That was as opposed to tens of seconds with the previous 1.10 version, as well as a few versions before that. I repeated the quit & launch test a few times, with the same results.
I had high hopes for this release after months of many people reporting the startup-freeze problem, providing valuable feedback and testing awkward workarounds that seemed to point to the cause. Recently a developer reported that he had been able to replicate the problem, and I hoped that the extra two-day delay of the 1.11 release meant that the bug had finally been been fixed.
This has been going on too long. If you were serious about fixing it you would have done so by now. I have real work to do, and the choice of several other browsers that don’t behave this way.