The HP TouchPad had a little brother that could have been the TouchPad Go, although it never quite found its way to market. 

The 7-inch screen of the tablet remained hidden from view for months, occasionally exciting us with a rumour and then returning to its webOS den, like a crafty badger.

The TouchPad Go has finally now made an appearance on Chinese ZooPDA forums complete with pictures. The post shows the 7-inch webOS powered tablet in all its glory, which was reportedly only a few weeks away from getting shipped out to HP fans.

The owner has allegedly had his mitts on the tablet for no less than 3 months. A snap of the tablets' specs show a 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon processor, 16GB of storage and interestingly an NFC chip. 

Unusually for a tablet of this size, the screen sits at a 4:3 aspect ratio. That square 7-inch display also packs the same 1024 x 768 resolution of the released, albeit rare, TouchPad. 

HP's gadgets that were or weren't quite ever released are beginning to achieve a bit of a cult status. For all its shortcomings, webOS is damn advanced and as we discovered, plays out nicely on both the TouchPad and Pre 3.

Shame then that things like the TouchPad Go remain a Chinese forums-only affair. Still, you could pick a HP tablet up full price, might not be as sweet a deal as the initial £89 but if you are desperate, they are still out there and the odd eBay bargain can still be grabbed. 

Like the look of the TouchPad Go?