The Touch-like HTC Opal we saw renderings of earlier this week looks like it definitely exists, according to these leaked shots. Yeah, if you're having a hard time seeing a difference from the original Touch, so are we. We saw some specs too that indicate it's very similar (still no 3G, same processor), but here it is, in the wild. The Touch HD we saw definitely still holds the title of HTC leak-of-the-week, though, and if anything's going to be a true successor to the original Touch, it's that, not the Opal. Another shot post-jump. [Pocketpt.net via Boy Genius]
The sparkles may just be an artifact of the flash photography. My SE has a similar material on its bezel, and it stands out more if you take a picture of it with flash, since all the little reflective flecks pop out in the photo. It's probably a lot more subtle in person.