The HP TouchPad Opal, which is a 7-inch model of the now-retired 10-inch Touchpad Tablet, has appeared in the wild on a Chinese website (as is usually the case).
An anonymous user on the forum ZooPDA (opens in new tab), claimed to have had a Touchpad on trial for nearly three months with a few units having been produced for testers.
The Opal is just like its bigger brother, with a 7-inch screen instead of a 10-inch one and a 1024x768 pixel screen resolution (that's a 4:3 screen ratio).
There's the same Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 SoC, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, front and rear cameras and WebOS operating system.
There also seems to be an unconfirmed NFC module which could indicate that HP had plans to add near field technology features to its mobile devices sooner rather than later.
It is therefore a real shame that HP cancelled the TouchPad range before the devices could show the full extent of their capabilities.
The 7-inch form factor, together with the 10.1-inch, seems to be attracting the most attention with alternative chassis sizes like 8.9-inch falling out of favour. Samsung for example has yet to confirm when its 8.9-inch tablet will come to the market at least in the UK.